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What is Diabetes? 

When your pancreas can not adjust the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose your blood sugar levels become too high.  Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for energy. Normally, the sugar you take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in your blood where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose. But, if you have diabetes, this process breaks down, and blood sugar levels become too high.
There are two main types of full-blown diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes are completely unable to produce insulin. People with Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their cells don’t respond to it. In either case, the glucose can’t move into the cells and blood glucose levels can become high. Over time, these high glucose levels can cause serious complications.

 

 Cash Medical Clinics of Texas will help you manage your diabetes.  If test show that you are not diabetic but pre-diabetic we will help you understand the best ways to prevent diabetes. 

Visit one of our Fort Worth locations today to consult with a physician about your diabetes or diabetic symptoms.
 If a fasting blood sugar test is required you will be taken care of on the morning you come in for your lab work with little or no wait.

Top Seven Risk Factors for
Type 2 Diabetes
  1. Obesity
  2. Inactivity
  3. Unhealthy Eating Habits
  4. Family History/Genetics
  5. Increased Age
  6. High Blood Pressure/High Cholesterol
  7. History of Gestational Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes:

A person with Type 1 diabetes can’t make any insulin. Type 1 most often occurs before age 30, but may strike at any age. Type 1 can be caused by a genetic disorder. The origins of Type 1 are not fully understood, and there are several theories. But all of the possible causes still have the same end result: The pancreas produces very little or no insulin anymore. Frequent insulin injections are needed for Type 1.

  Type 2 Diabetes:

A person with Type 2 diabetes has adequate insulin, but the cells have become resistant to it. Type 2 usually occurs in adults over 35 years old, but can affect anyone, including children. The National Institutes of Health state that 95 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2. Why? It’s a lifestyle disease, triggered by obesity, a lack of exercise, increased age and to some degree, genetic predisposition.