Diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Left unmanaged, diabetes increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart disease and peripheral neuropathy. At Integrated Care in Lake Barrington, Illinois, Daniel Di Iorio, MD, DC, FAAFP, and the team regularly diagnose and treat diabetes using holistic, integrative methods of care. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and want to improve your quality of life, call the office and make an appointment today.
Diabetes is an umbrella term used to describe a group of diseases that impact your body’s ability to regulate blood glucose, or blood sugar. Glucose is necessary for your survival because it provides energy for the cells that comprise your muscles and tissue.
However, when you have too much blood glucose, you’re more likely to encounter serious health problems.
The symptoms of diabetes depend on the type of diabetes you have. Oftentimes, people with Type 2 diabetes don’t experience any symptoms. However, if you have Type 1 diabetes, you’re more likely to notice that something is wrong. Telltale signs of diabetes include:
As the condition progresses, you might also experience tingling or numbness in your feet and hands or slow-healing wounds.
There are three different types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes occurs when your immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. Insulin is a protein that helps regulate your blood sugar levels. There’s no cure for Type 1 diabetes, but it’s manageable with healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medications.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your cells become resistant to insulin. Over time, this prevents your body from creating enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Caught early on, it’s possible to treat and even reverse Type 2 diabetes with healthy lifestyle changes.
Gestational diabetes only affects pregnant women. When you’re pregnant, the placenta creates hormones that promote a healthy pregnancy. In some cases, these hormones make your cells more resistant to insulin, which can lead to diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after you give birth, but it can increase your risk of complications during pregnancy.
To diagnose diabetes, Dr. Di Iorio performs a physical exam, asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and orders a series of blood tests. Depending on your medical history and overall health, they might recommend a glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test, a random blood sugar test, or a fasting blood sugar test.
At Integrated Care, the team takes an integrative, whole-body approach to diabetes treatment. For example, your doctor might recommend making healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, exercising more regularly, and getting plenty of sleep.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, the team can also prescribe insulin and other medications designed to help keep your blood sugar levels in check.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the team at Integrated Care can improve your quality of life. Make your appointment by calling the office today.