As of 2015, over 30 million Americans were reported to have diabetes, which is 9.4% of the United States population. The biggest concern with this disease are the complications that can stem from mismanaged diabetes, including heart and nerve problems. Both Dr. Nelly Bardman and Dr. Alex Dudetsky at Doctors of Bellevue-Redmond have extensive experience in treating and managing diabetes in their patients in Bellevue, Washington. For expert diabetes guidance and management, call or book an appointment online to get started.
Diabetes refers to numerous conditions that affect how your body regulates glucose, or sugar, levels in your blood. Your body needs sugar to provide your cells with the necessary fuel to function. Having too much or too little glucose in your blood, however, can have a far-reaching effect on your overall health.
Your pancreas produces insulin to regulate the levels of sugar in your body and deliver the sugar to where it needs to go. With diabetes, the exchange between your insulin and your glucose is compromised, which can happen in different ways:
Your pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin because your immune system destroys the cells responsible for its production.
Your body produces insulin, but it’s not enough to deal with the sugar levels in your blood, or your body has become resistant to insulin.
Type 1 and type 2 are the main types of diabetes, though there are other less common forms, like gestational diabetes.
When it comes to type 1 diabetes, the cause remains unknown, though medical experts believe that genetics and environment may play essential roles.
The cause of type 2 diabetes is also unknown, but research suggests that there’s a strong link between weight and obesity issues. However, people who don’t have weight issues can also develop type 2 diabetes, which may be tied to hereditary reasons.
The most common symptoms of diabetes include:
Since diabetes isn't traceable to a single cause, there’s no cure for the disease. However, the team at Doctors of Bellevue-Redmond can help you manage the condition and avoid the more severe complications associated with diabetes.
Typically, the primary objective is to regulate your blood sugar levels. The physicians at Bellevue-Redmond accomplish this through:
Once your glucose levels are under control, the doctors keep a watchful eye on your health to catch any signs of complications early. This step in your diabetes care is critical because the doctors can step in early, preventing a health problem from developing further.
To ensure comprehensive and vigilant management of your diabetes, call Doctors of Bellevue-Redmond, or book an appointment online.