• Am I at Risk for Developing Diabetes?

    on Nov 16th, 2018

Diabetes is growing in epidemic proportions and can have devastating consequences. In the United States, diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined. And out of the estimated 30 million Americans who have diabetes, an estimated 7 million adults are walking around unaware that they have it.

Different types of diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes, though both have similar symptoms. Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is incapable of producing insulin, the hormone that helps blood sugar enter the cells to produce energy for the body.

There’s no cure for Type 1 diabetes, only management of the disease. Insulin shots are used to control blood sugar, and complications are kept at bay through lifestyle and diet. While scientists don’t know exactly what causes Type 1 diabetes, genetics or certain viruses may be involved.

Type 2 diabetes typically develops in adulthood. Many people are diagnosed with prediabetes, which is a red flag to get things under control. While people with Type 1 diabetes are dependent on insulin, those with Type 2 diabetes can sometimes manage the condition with diet, exercise, and oral medications.

At Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, we can help you manage your diabetes, if you already have it. And if you don’t, we can help you lower the controllable risk factors for developing the disease. Our dedicated physicians and support staff can educate you in ways to make little changes that add up to big differences.

Know your risks

Type 2 diabetes may have a strong genetic predisposition, meaning if anyone in your family has been diagnosed, you’re at risk.

Here is a list of the most common risk factors for developing diabetes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn your numbers

If you have any of these risks, take steps to get your lifestyle under control. Learn your numbers to begin making changes for the better. A hemoglobin A1C test measures your average blood sugar levels over the past three months. Knowing your BMI can help you set any weight loss goals. If you don’t know your blood pressure numbers, or your cholesterol and triglyceride counts, find out.

Are you one of the 7+ million adults with undiagnosed diabetes? To find out your numbers, and learn how to avoid Type 2 diabetes, visit Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice. We’re proud to offer five locations to serve the greater Portland, Oregon community, including Gresham, Milwaukee, and Tigard. Contact our office by phone today or click the button to book online.

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