What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition in which your body produces too much glucose, also known as blood sugar. Over production of blood sugar is caused by the fact that the pancreas cannot produce insulin. In turn, insulin control the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. When your body produces too much glucose, it does not properly distribute and complications arise. Glucose stimulates the brain, allowing you to focus and stay alert. It also provides energy for the cells that form the tissues and muscles. An excessive amount of blood sugar circulating throughout the bloodstream can cause major health issues. There are two main types of diabetes that affect people: Type 1 and Type 2.
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 occurs when the immune system misidentifies and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas. These beta cells are vital to the production of insulin. If insulin isn’t produced, there is no hormone available to control the glucose in the bloodstream. The excessive amount of glucose released builds up in the blood, instead of properly converting into energy, causing health problems. This type of diabetes is usually discovered in childhood or adolescence, although it can be found later in life. This is the rarest form of diabetes with only 10% of diabetics suffering from this type.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetics are the most common. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot properly utilize the insulin produced and released into the body. Thus, blood sugar builds up in the bloodstream instead of converting into energy. Type 2 diabetes normally shows up during adulthood, and occurs in 90% of diabetics.
What is gestational diabetes?
Finally, gestational diabetes presents during pregnancy, and it is only temporary. However, experiencing a high-risk pregnancy with gestational diabetes may lead to both mother and child becoming diabetics later in life.
What complications can arise for diabetics?
Diabetics must carefully monitor their condition, as complications can arise without routine care. Constant high-blood sugar can cause a myriad of health issues including: foot problems, bad circulation, kidney disease, anxiety, stroke, heart problems, blindness, nerve damage, eye disease, and lower limb amputation.
Living as a diabetic
If properly monitored and managed, patients can lead healthy, normal lives as diabetics. It is imperative to properly follow your treatment plan laid out by your physician. At Blue Water Medical, our providers will thoroughly examine and treat your diabetes, giving you the best treatment plan available.
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More than 11 million Canadians are living with prediabetes or as diabetics. Statistics also estimate that 1 million of these Canadians are undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. This averages out to approximately 1 in 4 Canadians with prediabetes, living as diabetics, or living with undiagnosed diabetes. At Blue Water Medical in Vancouver, our providers can examine, identify, and treat any patients concerned about living with diabetes. Please contact our office at (604) 558-3185 or fill out our online appointment request form.