Diabetes – Type 2 and Pre-Diabetes in Dallas, TX
Learn about Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Treatment in Dallas, TX
The body uses glucose, a type of sugar, as a source of energy for everyday activities. Glucose levels in the bloodstream are regulated by a hormone called insulin, which also helps with the transfer of glucose to various cells of the body. Those who suffer from Type 2 diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or have cells that are resistant to receiving it. This results in high levels of glucose remaining in the bloodstream, thereby causing a number of complications including:
- Increased risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries
- Vision problems such as glaucoma, retinal disorders and cataracts
- Diabetic neuropathy, which results in nerve damage
- Foot problems
- Skin disorders such as bacterial and fungal infections, itchy skin, and diabetic dermopathy, which is also known as “shin spots”
- Gastroparesis, or paralysis of stomach muscles
Before being diagnosed with diabetes, some people will develop what is known as pre-diabetes. In this stage, blood glucose levels are higher than normal, yet remain low enough that they are not yet considered to be Type-2 diabetes. Even so, there can still be problems associated with pre-diabetes, including heart and circulatory system damage. It is especially important to take precautionary measures in order to prevent pre-diabetes from progressing into the more serious Type-2 diabetes.
In order to effectively control Type-2 diabetes, you should eat healthy foods and perform regular exercise. Doing so will also help you to control your cholesterol and blood pressure, which are essential if you are to effectively manage your condition. Avoid smoking, as this tends to increase glucose levels. Have regular checkups in order to effectively monitor your condition. By following these precautionary measures, you can still lead a healthy and vibrant life, even after being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.