Did you know that nearly 10% of the American population are living with diabetes, including many people who haven’t been diagnosed? This serious health issue can have a devastating impact on your life and is one of many chronic health conditions Cristiane Ennis, MD, treats at Premier Women's Health Center in Amarillo, Texas. To learn more about diabetes prevention, screening, and treatment, call or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects a large percentage of Americans. While older men and women have higher rates of diabetes, more and more children are being diagnosed.
The condition involves an inability to produce or make proper use of insulin, the hormone that enables glucose to enter your cells, where your body can convert that sugar into energy. There are two primary types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
People with Type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin due to an autoimmune condition that affects certain cells in the pancreas. Usually diagnosed at a young age, this form of diabetes is fatal if left untreated.
This form of diabetes is far more common than Type 1. People with Type 2 diabetes either don’t make enough insulin or aren’t able to make use of the insulin they do produce. Type 2 diabetes is closely linked with an unhealthy lifestyle.
Some women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. The condition usually resolves after childbirth but leaves you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes for the duration of your life.
When glucose can’t enter your cells, it’s left to circulate in your blood. That places strain on your blood vessels and organs. There are few areas of your body that aren’t negatively affected by diabetes. Some of the health ramifications include:
Most men and women with diabetes encounter multiple health problems related to the disease. Treatment can help you live a longer and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Ennis creates a customized treatment plan for your exact set of needs. Medications may play a role in that plan. Supplemental insulin injections are a common treatment, and there are oral medications that can help control diabetes.
Making positive changes to your lifestyle is also a great way to bring your blood sugar down to a healthy level. Dr. Ennis can help you embrace a more nutritionally robust diet and find ways to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routines.
If you’d like to learn more about diabetes screening or treatment, book an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.