Diabetes is actually a group of diseases, including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, that affect how your body processes blood sugar, or glucose. Proper use of glucose is essential for your health because it’s a source of energy for cells – which are the components of all the tissues, organs and muscles in your body. Glucose is also the primary fuel for your brain. The actual cause of diabetes varies by the type, but all types of diabetes can create excess glucose in your blood, which can lead to serious health problems.
According to the American Diabetes Association’s recommended screening guidelines, people with the following risk factors should be tested for diabetes.
Additional Risk Factors for Developing Diabetes
While the exact cause of diabetes is complex, addressing the known risk factors you can control may dramatically reduce your chances of developing this disease. Stay active, eat a healthy diet, and control your blood pressure and cholesterol. Even small steps on your part – particularly if you have already been diagnosed with prediabetes – can make a huge difference.
If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes and need help or in-home care services, please reach out to us at Specialty Care Services. We have years of experience in helping patients with all types of diabetes.