Diabetes include diseases that involve production and use of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates the glucose, or blood sugar, your body uses for energy.
If you haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes you probably know someone who has, and that person has probably been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Symptoms include dry mouth, chronic hunger, blurred vision and headaches. Age and race are Type 2 factors you can’t control. Weight is a common factor you can control. Type 1 Diabetes is far less common and is usually diagnosed by age 30. It is the condition in which the immune system kills pancreas cells and reduces insulin production. With Type 2, the cells in your body resist the insulin your pancreas produces properly to regulate glucose levels. Proper management is crucial: prolonged glucose elevation can lead to many problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, vision impairment, poor circulation and chronic sores. Many Seniors choose an Internal Medicine specialist as their primary care physician. Internal Medicine specialists often focus on diabetes treatment and should recommend diet and exercise modification to reduce weight and increase metabolic function - in addition to management with medication.