The diabetes problem in the United States has been called a crisis, and for good reason — more than 84 million people are considered prediabetic, which means they’re poised to join the 30 million people with the disease. At Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center in Grapevine, Texas, Regina Capili, MD, and Carleo Capili, MD, are doing their part to stem the tide of diabetes through expert management and prevention. If you have diabetes, or you’re at risk for developing the disease, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body regulates glucose (blood sugar) because of an insufficiency of, or resistance to, insulin. The main types of diabetes include:
Type 1 diabetes
With this form of the disease, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly regulate your blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes affects 1.25 million Americans and is a condition that is thought to be brought on by genetic or environmental factors.
Type 2 diabetes
The diabetes crisis is largely due to this form of diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by your body’s inability to produce enough insulin because you’ve developed insulin resistance.
There are other types of diabetes, including gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy, but types 1 and 2 are the most common.
What complications can develop because of diabetes?
Diabetes in all its forms is a serious and chronic disease that can impact many areas of your health. Because of the dangerous buildup of glucose in your bloodstream, you may be susceptible to:
- Cardiovascular issues
- Peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage
- Diabetic retinopathy, which leads to vision loss
- Kidney disease
These complications are common, which is why you need expert oversight and management by the healthcare professionals at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center.
Who is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and the one that poses the most serious threat because more than 84 million people are considered prediabetic. Without intervention, these people will most likely develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
The road to this diagnosis is one that’s both within your control and outside your control, and includes:
- Obesity or extra weight
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
As you can see, there’s little to be done about risk factors like race or genetics, but you can mitigate several others, which is where the team at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center comes in.
How is diabetes treated?
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the team at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center has the expertise you need to manage your disease, which they accomplish through:
- Monitoring your blood sugar levels
- Nutritional counseling
- Exercise and other lifestyle recommendations
Ultimately, managing diabetes is a daily effort and your active participation is key. To get started, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.