When we eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from blood into our cells. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced.
Long-term complications associated with diabetes affect almost every part of the body. The disease often leads to blindness, heart & blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.
It is vitally important to manage your diabetes and maintain your health. A good diabetes management program includes exercise, a dietician as food is a key part of your diabetes treatment, a podiatrist for good foot care and monitoring. Your doctor needs to know how well your diabetes is controlled and whether diabetic complications are starting or getting worse.
The professionals at Montrose Health Center are here to help.
Tell your doctor if you have experienced any symptoms of eye, nerve, kidney, or cardiovascular problems such as:
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or tingling in your feet
- Persistent hand, feet, face or leg swelling
- Cramping or pain in the legs
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Unusual weight gain
- Increase thirst
- Increased hunger
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
- Loss of consciousness (rare)
Type 2 diabetes is usually not diagnosed until complications have occurred. Most often, there are no symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms. In fact, about a third of all people who have Type 2 Diabetes don’t know they have it. Other symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include:
- Slow-healing sores or cuts
- Recent weight gain
- Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
- Decreased vision
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.