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Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health complications, which is why early detection and diabetes treatment is important for your overall health. At Argento Wellness & Aesthetics in Glendale, Arizona, Maria Berlari MD, FAAFP, offers diabetes screening, treatment, and management to maximize your quality of life. Schedule an appointment at Argento Wellness & Aesthetics over the phone or online today.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease and the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use it. Insulin is a hormone your body makes to help move sugar from your blood into other cells within your body.

Diabetes is associated with blood sugar that’s too high, which can lead to health complications over time.

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are several types of diabetes. Prediabetes, which is a reversible condition, occurs when your blood sugar is higher than it should be but not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is when your body doesn’t make enough insulin, and with type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use insulin properly. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have diabetes:

  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision

Because you might not experience symptoms with diabetes and prediabetes, routine diabetes screening if you’re at risk is important. Complications of uncontrolled diabetes may include nerve damage, kidney problems, heart disease, eye damage, foot problems, and dementia.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes can happen to anybody, but the following factors increase your risk of developing it:

  • Being overweight
  • Inactivity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Older age
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Being of African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or Asian American descent also increases your risk of developing diabetes, although it’s unclear why this is the case.

What is the treatment for diabetes?

Dr. Berlari can diagnose diabetes using a simple blood test. The treatment for diabetes depends on the type of diabetes you have and its severity.

Dr. Berlari may recommend lifestyle changes including weight loss, healthy eating, and regular exercise. She might prescribe insulin or oral diabetes medicines, if needed. The functional medicine approach to diabetes is making an emphasis on lifestyle changes that includes movement, proper nutrition, and proper supplements

If you’re at risk of developing diabetes, have a diabetes diagnosis, or experience symptoms of the disease, schedule an appointment at Argento Wellness & Aesthetics over the phone or online today.