It is known that with time, we are prone to developing certain illnesses. One of the most common chronic illnesses that people develop is diabetes. This is a disease in which the pancreas gradually puts out less insulin, and eventually results in high blood sugar and the symptoms of diabetes.
“There are many different types of diabetes, but the most common types are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.” explains Dr. Purvi Parikh. “In type 1 diabetes mellitus, the problem is that the pancreas (an organ in the abdomen) does not make enough insulin early on and eventually makes no insulin. In type 2 Diabetes mellitus, the pancreas does not make enough insulin and the body becomes resistant to normal and/or even high levels of insulin.”
Some environmental factors that contribute to your risk of diabetes are physical inactivity, high caloric foods consumption, as well as genetic factors. Dr. Parikh would like for you to be aware of some symptoms of diabetes: needing to urinate frequently, increased thirst, increased hunger (even after eating), dry mouth, fatigue, headaches, tingling/numbness in toes/feet and blurred vision. It is also important to note, however, that many people with type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms at all.
Screenings and timely diagnosis and treatment help prevent more serious complications of this disease. Chronic hyperglycemia (chronic high blood sugars) causes long-term damage of eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, or blood vessels, stroke, coronary heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. You should get tested for diabetes if you have any of the symptoms listed above, are overweight, over the age of 45, have a family history of diabetes, have a history of gestational (pregnancy-related) diabetes, and/or have a history of polycystic ovarian disease.
Patricia Sinapole came to see Dr. Purvi Parikh when she began having concerns about her health. Pat, who was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 14 years ago, was having difficulty keeping her blood sugar under control. “Within a week of seeing Dr. Parikh my blood sugar levels were finally in a good place and I felt so much better,” she explained. “Dr. Parikh changed my medications to treat me and my disease – not just my symptoms – which made a huge difference in how I felt. Without Dr. Parikh’s care, I would not be here today.”
If you believe you are at risk for diabetes, call 573-629-3500 to get tested by your primary care provider.