Diabetes is a disease that can affect people of any age, weight, or lifestyle—fortunately for those who have the condition, there are ways to keep the negative effects of diabetes to a minimum. Chief among the ways to keep diabetes under control is quick diagnosis and intervention, two things that Dr. Stefanie Thomas of Premier Foot Clinic in Jackson, MS, can help you do. Read on to learn more!
What exactly is diabetes?
Diabetes is classified as either Type 1 or Type 2, which are slightly different but have many of the same signs. Type 1 is characterized by your body's inability to produce insulin, while Type 2 occurs when your body is unable to properly utilize insulin. If left untreated, diabetes can have severe effects on your body, potentially causing stroke, heart disease, kidney, nerve damage, and circulation problems, especially to your foot. This can increase your risk of injury or even lead to the need for amputation.
What are the signs I might have diabetes?
Depending on the type and severity, experiencing one or more of the following can indicate diabetes:
- Hunger despite eating as normal
- Thirstiness and dry mouth
- Numb or tingling hands, feet, or legs
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Lack of energy
- Slow to heal wounds
- Blurry vision
- Change in breath odor
- Skin infections
To confirm that you have diabetes, Dr. Stefanie Thomas will run a diagnostic test at her Jackson office. For a fasting plasma glucose test or oral glucose tolerance test, you will need to fast for eight hours. For the plasma glucose test, your doctor will test your levels on an empty stomach. For the glucose tolerance test, your glucose will be measured a couple hours after you consume a high glucose drink. A random plasma glucose test does not require you to abstain from eating, as your blood sugar will be measured on the spot.
Concerned? Give us a call
Diabetes will require you to make some lifestyle changes, but you can still lead a healthy and happy life. Consult your Jackson, MS, provider at 601-926-1500 to achieve your best health.