Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects over 30 million Americans, and it comes in different forms. This American Diabetes Month, we want to ensure you are well-informed about diabetes, its types, and how to take charge of your health, especially if you're at risk. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to support you by offering regular blood glucose level checks at our center.
Three Types of Diabetes
There are three primary types of diabetes, each with its characteristics. Lifestyle choices and family history can play a significant role in the development of diabetes. Let's break down these types:
- Type 1 Diabetes: This autoimmune condition occurs when the body mistakenly attacks the pancreas, which is responsible for producing insulin. Without enough insulin, blood sugar levels rise, potentially leading to heart, kidney, and nervous system problems. Typically diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults, daily insulin injections are often required for survival.
- Type 2 Diabetes: This is the most common form of diabetes in the United States, typically affecting adults but capable of emerging at any age. Poor lifestyle habits like smoking, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet can contribute to its development. Those with type 2 diabetes struggle with insulin regulation, leading to higher blood sugar levels. Daily management and related health complications can be challenging.
- Gestational Diabetes: Occurring during pregnancy, gestational diabetes can pose serious risks to both the mother and her newborn. Pregnancy-related hormonal changes and weight gain can make women more prone to insulin resistance, increasing the chances of developing gestational diabetes and even type 2 diabetes after giving birth.
***Prediabetes is often considered a 4th type of diabetes. We urge anyone with a family history or predisposition to diabetes to get a full checkup. Prediabetes is also on the rise and most people who are borderline diabetic, don’t even know they have it!
Diabetes Signs and Risks
There are numerous individuals diagnosed with diabetes who wish they had acted sooner upon recognizing the warning signs. Prediabetes, a condition experienced by millions in the United States, offers an opportunity to prevent the more common type 2 diabetes by controlling certain lifestyle choices. Keep an eye out for these symptoms and risks:
- Being overweight, including children (childhood obesity)
- Family history of diabetes
- Lack of physical activity
- High blood pressure or taking high blood pressure medication
- Low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
- Prior diabetes during pregnancy
- Diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Symptoms of Early Onset Diabetes:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Blurred vision
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased hunger
- Slow-healing sores and frequent infections
- Red, swollen gums
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
If you experience these signs, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to help you manage these symptoms and prevent full-blown diabetes.
Can Diabetes Be Prevented?
Diabetes often leads to other severe health issues such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and nerve damage. Managing your symptoms and diabetes now can reduce your risk of future health complications. The A1C test can gauge your blood sugar levels, allowing your doctor to tailor a prevention plan. This might include lifestyle changes, more exercise, and regular blood monitoring.
AFC Urgent Care Vernon Offers Testing For Diabetes
If you need to check your blood sugar levels or are feeling unwell, AFC Urgent Care Vernon can conduct various tests and refer you to a specialist if necessary. You can visit us by walking in or making an appointment online any day of the week. You can also pay your bill online. Our easy to you payment system will have you checked out in just a few clicks.
Our center is located at 179 Talcottville Rd, Vernon, CT 06066, open seven days a week, with weekday hours from 8 am to 8 pm and weekend hours from 8 am to 5 pm. Your health matters, and we're here to help you stay on top of it.