Type 2 diabetes is prevalent in the United States, affecting over 30.3 million Americans. Men and women in Oldsmar, Florida, see Dr. Robert DiMasi at Premier Care Clinics for regular diabetes screenings and diabetes management. Type 2 diabetes is very treatable with healthy habits and prescription medication, so it’s important to begin treatment right away. To schedule a screening or to check in with Dr. DiMasi, call or use the online booking option.
Type 2 diabetes develops when your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, causing glucose to build up in the blood.
When your blood glucose levels rise, your cells are starved of their energy source. As the condition worsens, it can eventually lead to eye, kidney, nerve or heart damage.
Many cases of Type 2 diabetes go undiagnosed because the condition comes on so gradually and causes few detectable symptoms.
Those who do have noticeable symptoms usually experience:
Researchers aren’t sure exactly what causes Type 2 diabetes, but they know certain genetic and environmental factors seem to increase a person’s likelihood of developing it.
The factors that put you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes include:
If you experience prediabetes or gestational diabetes, you also have a higher likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes at some point.
Treatment for diabetes involves lifestyle adjustments, medication, and insulin therapy.
Healthy eating and physical exercise are crucial for diabetes management. Both help to regulate the amount of glucose circulating in your bloodstream.
You can also help normalize your blood sugar levels by losing excess weight. Dr. DiMasi provides nutritional guidance, exercise guidelines, and weight loss plans to help you control your blood sugar.
Medications like metformin help your body process insulin more effectively, while sulfonylureas and meglitinides stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. A variety of other diabetes drugs are available, and Dr. DiMasi finds the right kind and dosage for you.
Some men and women with Type 2 diabetes need insulin injections to supplement their body’s deficiencies.
Dr. DiMasi provides diabetes diagnostics and treatment at Premier Care Clinics. To schedule an evaluation, contact the Oldsmar, Florida, clinic online or over the phone.