More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, making it one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. At Zorumske Family Practice in Sheridan, Wyoming, experienced family nurse practitioner Toni Orum, APRN, FNP-C, provides comprehensive diabetes care to reduce complications, relieve symptoms, and improve health outcomes. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by consistently high blood glucose (sugar) levels. Your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that regulates blood sugar. It helps your cells use sugar for energy by removing it from your blood.
This process allows your organs and tissues to receive the energy they need. It also prevents sugar from accumulating in your blood.
Without sufficient insulin levels, sugar can build in your blood and weaken your blood vessels. This damage increases your risk of nerve damage, vision impairment, stroke, and other potentially serious complications.
There are several types of diabetes, including:
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. Most people receive a diagnosis during childhood and take insulin for life.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that usually occurs during middle age. It’s often the result of lifestyle habits such as poor diet and inactivity.
Gestational diabetes is consistently high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. While the condition usually resolves after childbirth, it can increase your future risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes means your blood sugar is too high but not high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis. When addressed early, prediabetes is reversible.
The signs and symptoms of diabetes can vary depending on the type and severity of your condition. Diabetes is easier to manage with early intervention, so recognizing the signs is essential for a prompt diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms of diabetes include:
If you experience any of these symptoms for a lasting period, contact Zorumske Family Practice for a comprehensive evaluation.
Diabetes treatment depends on the type you have. After a thorough health assessment and lab work, Toni may recommend:
At Zorumske Family Practice, Toni works with you to ensure a personalized diabetes treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs and goals. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.