Diabetes is a serious health problem that needs careful management to ensure a long and active life. David M. Mitzner, DO, is a highly qualified primary care physician serving the community of Temecula, California, who has considerable experience in helping people who have diabetes to manage their condition successfully. Call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Diabetes develops as a consequence of your body either not producing insulin, producing too little, or not being able to use the insulin it makes.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that plays a vital role in the use of sugar in the body. If you don’t have enough insulin, or you can’t use what you have, sugars build up in your blood to a level that causes a range of health problems, some of them life-threatening.
If you don’t produce insulin at all, you have what’s called type 1 diabetes, which is caused by a dysfunction in your immune system that makes it destroy the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in younger life, and there’s no way to prevent it.
Far more common is type 2 diabetes, which typically affects older people, although rates in children are rising because of the increase in obesity. Type 2 diabetes develops when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it produces and is a preventable condition brought on by lifestyle issues, chiefly:
A family history of diabetes can also make you more likely to develop the condition yourself, but even with this increased risk, you can still avoid diabetes by living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining your ideal weight.
Type 2 diabetes develops slowly over time, which means you probably won’t be aware there’s a specific problem until it reaches a more serious stage. By this time you might have symptoms such as:
Without treatment at David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc., blood sugar can rise to life-threatening levels. Long-term consequences of poorly managed diabetes can also be life-changing, for example, diabetic neuropathy and reduced circulation in the feet can lead to ulcers, and sometimes loss of the foot.
The key to managing type 2 diabetes is making changes to your lifestyle. Reducing your weight to the optimum for your height and body shape, taking regular exercise, avoiding bad habits like smoking, and eating a nutritious, varied diet make a significant difference in managing blood sugar levels and keeping you healthy.
Dr. Mitzner can help you by creating a personalized plan to guide you through the changes you need to make and reviewing your health regularly. You may need medication for your diabetes, but with the expert support of Dr. Mitzner, you can live a long and healthy life.
Call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today to schedule a diabetes screening, or book an appointment online.