The staff of Pearland Urgent Care can help their patients understand diabetes and recognize its warning signs. It’s estimated in the United States, at least one in four of all adults over the age of 20 are in the beginning stages of diabetes. Most have no clue and are unaware of many of the telltale symptoms. In the beginning, symptoms may be barely noticeable. As they progress, however, they can become more severe and if untreated, can lead to diabetic shock. Knowing what to look for can save a person’s life, especially if their condition advances to full blown diabetes.
Professionals at Urgent Care in Pearland TX can discuss important signs to watch for if you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing the first signs of diabetes. A few of the signs are:
- Slow healing cuts and sores
- Frequent urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Unquenchable thirst
- Food cravings
- Unexpected weight loss
Anyone who experiences one or more of these warning signs should consult their primary physician to be evaluated for diabetes. A thorough physical examination will determine if diabetes is present and, if so, whether it is Type 1 or Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is found in children and young adults. In the past, this form was referred to as “juvenile” diabetes because it was found in individuals under the age of 20. Pearland Urgent Care can test individuals of all ages, including children, to see if they are at risk for diabetes. In most cases, Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin therapy and a strictly controlled diet. Of all diabetes patients, approximately 5 percent have Type 1.
Type 2 diabetes is the result of the body’s inability to properly utilize the insulin it produces. As the condition progresses, the pancreas becomes stressed and begins to eventually malfunction. Glucose begins to build up in the blood stream and can have a devastating impact on the eyes, kidneys and other other vital organs. Physicians at Pearland Urgent Care are able to reduce blood glucose levels and bring them back down to normal limits.
If a person is suffering from diabetes and doesn’t realize it, they can eventually go into what is known as diabetic shock. Because the body doesn’t utilize the insulin it produces, glucose is not able to enter the cells causing them to starve. When the glucose levels get too high, the brain can begin to shut down causing a seizure or “diabetic shock” to occur. This can be deadly, if immediate action is not taken to reduce blood glucose levels.
The staff at Pearland Urgent Care can perform a physical examination to determine if a patient is suffering from diabetes. A blood test will provide the diagnose before signs and symptoms become severe. Following the doctor’s orders, improving the diet and moderate exercise will help keep the disease under control.