If you have medical concerns related to diabetes, Mountain Lakes Medical Center is open 7 days a week in Mountain Lakes, NJ. No Appointment is ever needed. To learn more about diabetes, read on…

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes (the disease in which blood sugar levels are too high). Type 1 Diabetes results from the body not producing insulin, a hormone that helps the glucose or sugar get into the body’s cells for energy. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type in which the body does not make enough insulin and does not properly use it. The glucose or sugar ends up staying in the blood, which eventually may damage the eyes, kidneys and even nerves. Diabetes may also cause heart disease or stroke. Gestational diabetes affects only pregnant women. And lastly, pre-diabetes is the condition in which a person’s blood sugar levels are high, but not enough to categorize for type 2 diabetes.

Some possible symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination

It is important to remember that some people may not have any symptoms at all, and only a blood test may show if diabetes is present. Diabetes is a genetic disease; it is possible you may be at risk if your family members are sufferers. To find out for sure, as well as establish a consistent and healthy meal plan, exercise routine and weight control it is important to see your physician.

For more information on diabetes, see the following websites:

http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp – American Diabetes Association provides plethora of information, latest news, diet tips and much more.

http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/diabetes.htm – National Diabetes Education website describes what is diabetes, its possible prevention and control.

http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/intro/ -National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse-discusses type of diabetes, children and diabetes, pregnancy and diabetes.

http://www.diabetes.org/risk-test.jsp – Diabetes.org offers a self-online test to see if you may be in risk of developing diabetes.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html – Medlineplus.com offers a comprehensive overview of diabetes, screening test options, symptoms and diagnosis as well as disease management.

Disclaimer: The links above are to sites independent of MtLakesMedical.com. The pages will open in a new browser window. The information provided is for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding your specific medical questions, treatments, therapies, and other needs.