Many adults don't realize that diabetes doubles their risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke compared with adults without diabetes. But you can lower your risk with comprehensive diabetes management provided by Anand Balasubramanian, MD, PA. Dr. Balasubramanian helps adults prevent Type 2 diabetes and offers the services needed to avoid health complications by keeping your blood sugar well controlled. To learn more about diabetes care, call one of the two offices in Houston, Texas, or request an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes high blood sugar. Your blood sugar naturally rises after you eat carbohydrates, but then your pancreas releases insulin to restore normal sugar levels.
Insulin eliminates excess blood sugar by escorting it into cells that need it for energy or sending it to be stored as fat.
Diabetes develops when your pancreas can't produce insulin, or the cells in your body stop responding to insulin.
There are several types of diabetes, but the two most common are:
This type begins when your immune system attacks and damages the pancreas. As a result, it stops producing insulin. Type 1 diabetes was originally called juvenile diabetes because it usually occurs in childhood.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when cells stop responding to insulin, a condition called insulin resistance. Your pancreas still produces insulin, but it can't do its job properly, so your blood sugar stays too high. This type of diabetes usually appears in adults because it develops gradually over many years.
No matter what type of diabetes you have, you experience symptoms such as:
In advanced stages of diabetes, you may develop tingling or numbness in your feet.
Diabetes significantly increases your risk of developing:
These conditions cause heart attacks, strokes, vision loss, kidney failure, and foot amputations.
Dr. Balasubramanian provides comprehensive adult care for diabetes. He helps you prevent the disease with annual physicals and offers advanced diagnostics such as autonomic nervous system (ANS) testing to detect nerve problems.
After diabetes develops, he offers chronic disease management, creating a plan to keep your blood sugar levels in the normal range.
Diabetes management includes:
Following a diet that controls carbohydrates and getting enough exercise may be all you need to lower your blood sugar and keep it in the healthy range.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need to take insulin. People with Type 2 diabetes may need insulin or another medication that lowers blood sugar.
Don't wait to get help for diabetes. Call Anand Balasubramanian, MD, PA, or request an appointment online today.