Having diabetes means your body has problems converting the food you eat into energy. The danger of this lies in the fact that if untreated, diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels. That's why it's so important to diagnose, monitor and treat diabetes correctly.
There are 3 types of diabetes:
Type 1, which has to do with an auto-immune disorder./
Type 2 risk factors includes a family history of diabetes, age, being overweight and an inactive lifestyle.
Gestational diabetes can occur in pregnancy.
Rhonda Carr, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at midland memorial hospital says symptoms of diabetes can vary.
"they can include......
Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Unexplained weight loss
Extreme tiredness or irritability
Frequent skin, gum, urinary or yeast infections"
In many cases, changes in your life can help manage diabetes and even prevent it such as being active and eating a healthy diet. If you have diabetes, taking your medication as prescribed and monitoring your blood glucose are important parts of your care. .
If you are living with diabetes, there is a support system available at Midland Memorial through the Diabetes Nutrition and Learning Center. The center offers diabetes self management training classes and medical nutrition therapy. Call the center at 432-522-3045.