As recently as 2015, some 30.3 million Americans had diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Because of how common the disease is, board-certified family practitioner Dr. Anna P. Abalos, who practices in Roseville, California, has a great deal of experience treating men and women with it. Schedule an appointment today with a practitioner who uses compassion and a combination of preventive care and treatment to provide men, women, and even children with a diabetes management program tailored to their needs.
Diabetes is a condition that affects how your body breaks down sugar. If you have diabetes, it means one of two things.
In one scenario, your pancreas, an organ that sits in your abdomen just behind your stomach and must produce insulin, doesn’t produce enough of the hormone to allow the cells to convert the sugar you consume into energy. Maybe your pancreas isn’t producing insulin at all.
The other possibility is that the pancreas makes the insulin, but your body can’t use it properly, so the glucose can’t get to the cells and instead builds up in your blood.
If you don’t have diabetes, your blood sugar level is usually 70-100 milligrams per deciliter. This reading rises to 135-140 after you eat but slowly goes back to normal in between meals.
If you have diabetes, your blood sugar may elevate to 180-200. At those levels, your kidneys can't process the glucose, so your body eliminates it through your urine. Extremely high blood sugar readings may top 400, enough to alter your mental state.
When you have continually high blood sugar levels or just two readings of 200 or higher, Dr. Abalos diagnoses you with diabetes. Although diabetes can cause subtle symptoms you won’t even notice, you may experience the following symptoms:
Unmanaged diabetes leads to consistently high blood glucose levels that can cause:
Sometimes, in mild cases, you can manage your blood sugar levels through routine exercise and changing your diet to include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Lifestyle changes aren’t always enough, however, so you may need one or more medications, such as:
Start controlling your diabetes today to prevent serious, potentially life-threatening complications by calling the office or using the online form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abalos.