At least 9.4% of all Americans suffer from diabetes today, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers it a major health crisis. If you’re suffering from prediabetes, Type 1, or Type 2 diabetes, it’s crucial that you get the best support and care from experts. The dedicated team at Mayfair Family Care in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago diagnoses and treats diabetes so you can live your healthiest life. Book online or by phone today.
Prediabetes means you're at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. With prediabetes, you have higher-than-normal blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, but not high enough to diagnose Type 2 diabetes. You can control prediabetes with help from your Mayfair Family Care provider. Weight loss, exercise, and other health changes can help you prevent Type 2 diabetes.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you don't produce insulin, which means you can't process sugar. All Type 1 diabetes sufferers need insulin replacement through injections or an insulin pump. This type of diabetes isn't preventable and was previously called juvenile diabetes.
Around 90-95% of diabetes sufferers today have Type 2 diabetes. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you make insulin, but your body's resistant to it and you can't use it efficiently. In the more advanced stages of Type 2 diabetes, you might make little to no insulin. Type 2 diabetes is preventable by controlling your diet, weight, and overall health.
With both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, managing your condition effectively is key in staying healthy. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause nerve, eye, kidney, and heart damage, leading to stroke, heart disease, and limb amputation among other severe health risks.
Management plan depends on diabetes type, and how advanced the disease is.
For Type 1 diabetes, you must take insulin daily. It’s also important to keep track of your blood sugar level through testing around 4-10 times a day.
Your Mayfair Family Care doctor advises you about testing frequency. Careful eating, regular exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle are also important in Type 1 diabetes management.
Type 2 diabetes management varies depending on how advanced your disease is. Often, you can manage Type 2 diabetes with weight loss and lifestyle changes under your Mayfair Family Care doctor’s guidance. You might also need oral medication like metformin to control your Type 2 diabetes.
For late-stage Type 2 diabetes, you might need daily insulin. Just as with Type 1 diabetes, regular blood sugar testing as recommended by your doctor is important.
For both types of diabetes, medication alone isn’t enough. Maintaining healthy habits long-term is crucial in managing your diabetes and enjoying optimal health.
The Mayfair Family Care team creates an easy-to-understand personalized diabetes management plan just for you. Book your appointment online or by phone now.