Type II Diabetes
Type II Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects about 37.3 million Americans. It is defined as the body becoming resistant to its own insulin, and the subsequent accumulation of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream.
Uncontrolled Diabetes can lead to many long-term problems. These include chronic kidney disease, nerve damage, heart disease, blindness, severe infections, and even the need for limb amputations.
Diabetes does have some link to genetics, though lifestyle also plays a role. Oftentimes poor diet, obesity, genetics, and lifestyle choices all contribute to the development of Diabetes.
If you do have Diabetes, there are a variety of treatments available to you. For mild or early cases, sometimes weight loss and dietary changes are enough to get your disease under control. For more advanced disease, or Diabetes that does not respond to lifestyle changes, there are medications available. Some of the most common diabetes medications include Metformin, Ozempic, Jardiance, and Glipizide.
When Diabetes is worsening or not controlled with normal medications, you may require insulin. Insulin is an injectable medication that is prescribed either once or multiple times a day. It is sometimes used in combination with other Diabetic medications.
If you or a loved one has Diabetes, it is recommended that you follow closely with your primary care provider. If your diabetes is more advanced, your primary care provider may refer you to an endocrinologist or diabetes specialist.