What Is Diabetes?

While there are three distinct sub-types of diabetes, the common thread is an elevated glucose level in the blood. A simple, routine blood test is all that is needed to determine if a patient has diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious disease and is considered a “silent killer” because it can exist for months or even years without causing significant outward symptoms – even if undetected and untreated. When diabetes becomes symptomatic, oftentimes a significant amount of damage has already been done to the body. Indeed, diabetes is fast becoming one of the leading killers in the United States, affecting over 22 million people according to 2014 CDC data. With the exception of gestational diabetes, the disease affects both men and women and those of every race and socio-economic status. Some races are more susceptible to type 2 diabetes than others.

Beyond the symptoms of diabetes themselves, the condition can cause many follow-up complications including skin disorders, eye problems and blindness, heart and kidney disease as well as nerve damage (neuropathy). If left untreated, diabetes can significantly compromise quality of life or become fatal. Luckily, proper treatment and care can manage diabetes with excellent results and most diabetic patients go on to lead a full, normal life.

Depending on the type of diabetes and the severity or progression of disease, treatment for diabetes can vary from lifestyle change (improved diet and exercise) to medications and/or insulin injections.

What Is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition where a patient has an elevated blood sugar level but it is not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes is usually found during a routine blood test and is a warning sign that diabetes is likely without appropriate lifestyle change or treatment. While it is true that prediabetes is less concerning than diabetes itself, elevated blood sugar levels do cause harm, no matter what the classification.

Ultimately, catching diabetes at its earliest stages offers the patient the greatest opportunity for a wide variety of treatment options.

 


 

The Diabetic Clinic staff sees patients at 

Triangle Eye Building
1519 Garces Highway, Suite 103
Delano, CA 93215

For more information please call 661-721-1497