Diabetes is one of the most common conditions that can affect people of all ages. There are several forms of diabetes, with type 2 being the most typical. Transmountain Primary Care in El Paso offers diabetes treatment and medicine for all of the different types of this disease. Let us help improve the life of you and your loved ones who are struggling.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body has a problem with the way it uses and regulates glucose (sugar). This problem causes high blood sugar, which in turn can have negative effects on the body’s immune system, circulatory system, and nervous systems. Type 2 diabetes is commonly diagnosed in adults, but children can develop it as well.
Causes and Symptoms
Transmountain Primary Care says that the causes of type 2 diabetes are still being studied; however, there is speculation that it stems from ultra-processed sugary foods. Lack of exercise can be a contributing factor, as well as maintaining an obese lifestyle. Doctors also theorize that diabetes can be passed down genetically. However, like many conditions, it’s best to always be on the lookout for the symptoms.
Signs of Diabetes
- Itchy skin
- Yeast infection
- Increased appetite
- Frequent urination
- Pain or a tingling feeling in feet and/or hands
- Slow healing from injuries
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Increased thirst
- Dark spots on the skin (usually neck or armpits)
- Increased infections
- Unintended weight loss
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our El Paso office at (915) 248-2345.
Treatment of type 2 diabetes includes:
- Blood sugar monitoring- Monitoring your blood sugar is a key way to determine if your current treatment plan is working. It gives daily (sometimes hourly) updates on how to manage your diabetes properly. You can monitor your blood sugar by using a device called a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).
- Healthy eating- Though there is no “diabetes diet”, it’s best that you definitely watch what you eat. A recommended diet would consist of high-fiber foods, smaller portion sizes, fewer calories, fewer refined grains, and scheduled meals.
- Medication or insulin therapy- Oral medications can help manage your blood sugar levels. Even though insulin is generally used by people who have type 1 diabetes, some people with type 2 require it as well.
- Regular exercise- Physical activity and exercise increases your insulin sensitivity and help reduce any insulin resistance.
- Weight loss-It is recommended to lose at least 15% of body weight in order to better control your blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Prevention and Care
Similar to treatment methods, exercise, avoiding excessive amounts of junk food, and being mindful of the symptoms in your family history, are ways to potentially prevent the development of diabetes.
At Transmountain Primary Care, we can assist in treating all types of diabetes. We provide diabetes treatment plans and guidance for those who are pre-diabetic and especially aid those who are experiencing complications with their diabetes.