Diabetes: It Affects Healthy People, Too

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Many people assume that type 2 diabetes is something that affects only people who are already sick or overweight. However, even though type 2 diabetes may be more common among these individuals, it can affect anyone. Even if you believe you are relatively healthy, you could still be at risk for diabetes. 

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that occurs when your body either stops producing enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level or stops reacting to insulin properly. This results in blood glucose levels that are higher than normal and, thus, dangerous.

Certain risk factors make the development of type 2 diabetes more likely. These risk factors include some things you can control, such as your weight and activity level. However, some of these factors are out of your control. Examples include your race, family history, and age. 

Can I get diabetes if I'm healthy?

Maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. However, being healthy does not eliminate this risk entirely. In fact, you may appear healthy and still be experiencing abnormal blood sugar levels. For this reason, it is important to watch for the signs of type 2 diabetes even if you think your risk level is low. Some of the signs of type 2 diabetes may include unintended weight loss, frequent urination, blurred vision, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent infections. 

Diagnosing and treating diabetes

Regardless of your health status, it is important to schedule regular check-ups with your physician. Most physicians will order annual blood work, which will look for abnormal blood sugar levels. Having this blood work on a regular basis ensures that you will catch the development of type 2 diabetes as early as possible, allowing you to treat it promptly. 

Some patients may be able to reverse type 2 diabetes with the right treatment, while others will need treatment for the rest of their lives. Beginning treatment immediately will give you the best chance of preventing complications. If your doctor diagnoses you with type 2 diabetes, you should follow all treatment recommendations carefully for the best results. 

Crossroads Family Medicine offers diagnosis and treatment to patients with type 2 diabetes. We also offer general family care services. If you think you may have this condition, or if you simply need to schedule your annual check-up, please contact our office today. 

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