Are You at Risk for Type II Diabetes?

Diabetes

What is Type II Diabetes?
Type II diabetes occurs when your body does not properly produce or use insulin to control your glucose (blood sugar) levels. Prolonged high levels of glucose can be severely detrimental to the health of your vital organs, including your kidneys, nerves, and eyes.

Risk Factors
There are a number of factors that may increase your risk for developing diabetes, such as:

  • Family history of type II diabetes
  • Excess weight in the abdomen and upper body  
  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Consuming a lot of processed meat products
  • History of cardiovascular disease
  • Having a history of gestational diabetes
  • Having an endocrine disorder, such as hyperthyroidism
  • Taking certain medications
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle

Signs and Symptoms
While some individuals may not show symptoms of type II diabetes for several years, the most common signs include:

  • Increased urination
  • Extreme thirst or hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor wound healing and frequent infections
  • Leg cramps when walking
  • Nerve problems that lead to numbness or tingling of the extremities

Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with type II diabetes, then you may want to consider your treatment options. Some ways to help maintain your blood sugar levels and prevent complications include following a balanced diet rich in vegetables and fiber, while limiting your fat intake. It is also crucial to control your weight by exercising. Some individuals with type II diabetes can benefit from insulin injections or oral medications to help lower their blood sugar levels.  

Whether you are interested in diabetes education or treatment, bariatric weight loss, or urgent care for heart conditions, MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas is here to help. Contact us at (702) 255-5000 to learn more about us and our services.

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