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Diabetes

shutterstock_104064959_webCauses of Diabetes

When too much glucose or sugar is in the body, diabetes occurs. The sugar comes from the foods you eat. The body is designed to process the sugar so it can enter the cells and provide energy. Your body also produces a hormone called insulin which allows the glucose to enter the cells.

When you have diabetes  your body isn’t producing enough insulin or it is unable to use it properly. As a result, too much sugar stays in the blood. If this occurs for a long time, it can lead to many serious problems. Dr. Ihenacho has been diagnosing and  treating diabetic patients for over 20 years in the Atlanta area.

Symptoms of Type Diabetes

Many people have symptoms of diabetes but, they are so mild that they may go unnoticed. That’s why it’s important to have regular check ups at Vistas Medical Center in Stone Mountain, GA , notheast of Atlanta. The Diabetes test will include a blood test to determine if you are at risk. Also, early detection and treatment can decrease the risk of any complications of diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association reports the following as common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Feeling hungry all the time
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Tired feeling and fatigued even when you have had enough sleep
  • Blurry vision
  • Sores, cuts, bruises that heal slowly
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in feet or hands
  • Urinating often

Testing for Diabetes

Dr. Ihenacho will have you undergo a Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) test that checks your fasting blood glucose levels. These tests are usually done in the morning after you have not eaten or had anything to drink for at least 8 hours prior to having the blood sample taken.

  • Diabetes is diagnosed at 2 hour blood glucose of greater that or equal to 200 mg/dl
  • In 2011 79 million people were diagnosed with prediabetes.

Prediabetes

This is a condition that puts you at risk for developing diabetes. Your blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diabetes. It’s a warning signal that you probably need to change your life style and eating habits. You will also need to be tested again every 6 months at the Vistas Medical Center location in Stone Mountain, GA to see if you have this condition under control.

  • Prediabetes has a fasting blood glucose of 100-125 mg/dl.