The Danger of Diabetes: Understanding The Disease That Plagues Our Nation

Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease. It currently takes more lives each year than AIDS and breast cancer combined. One American dies from diabetes every three minutes.

Diabetes is blind to age, race, color, and walk of life. In the last decade, the number of Americans suffering from diabetes have increased dramatically, jumping more than 40 percent. This amounts to a current total of almost 26 million Americans.

In addition, the World Health Organization estimates that in the next 15 years the total of people afflicted with diabetes will more than double.

At Community Health Center of Snohomish County, we are devoted to educating our patients about the symptoms, risks, treatment and prevention of diabetes. Our expert staff are here to help and advise any individual that is suffering from diabetes or diabetes-like symptoms.

What is Diabetes?

While most people are very familiar with the word, few understand how diabetes afflicts us and affects our bodies. In simple terms, diabetes is the disease that inhibits the release of a chemical called insulin. When you eat, your body breaks down foods into it’s various components, including sugar, also known as glucose. At this point, your pancreas will release insulin into your system.

Insulin is what allows your cells to open, allowing glucose to enter them, and ultimately, be transformed into energy. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas either does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin. When this occurs, the glucose that your body needs for energy is unable to get into your cells, causing the glucose to build up in your bloodstream instead.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Unusual weight gain or weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea (may include vomiting)
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent yeast infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Slow-healing sores or cuts

Over time, untreated or poorly treated diabetes will result in more severe side effects. This can include damage to the nerves, the blood vessels of the eyes, the kidneys, and the heart, and increased risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

The Importance of a Good Doctor

If you are suffering from diabetes, or you have a loved one that you suspect of having developed the disease, it is important that you seek out treatment from a doctor immediately. With proper treatment, diet adjustments, exercise, and lifestyle changes, diabetes can be controlled, allowing you to continue living life to the fullest.

Contact our office today for a consultation with one of our providers. Our services include help managing your diabetes by a highly trained provider, assistance from a diabetes nurse educator, input and direction from our licensed nutritionists, and diabetes support groups.

Don’t settle for a life shadowed by illness. Take steps to regain control of your future right now.