Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, affects your body’s ability to produce insulin, which helps to regulate your blood sugar. The exact cause of diabetes is technically unknown, but the disease has been documented since at least Ancient Egypt, Greece, and India. In fact, ‘diabetes’ means, ‘to go through,’ in reference to the frequent need to urinate, which can be a symptom of the condition.
Despite having centuries of awareness of diabetes, it wasn’t until recently that we were able to better determine how to diagnose, treat, and prevent diabetes. We understand now that, while genetics are generally responsible for whether or not you will develop Type 1, a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis is usually connected to your environment.
Evan Allen, MD, is a doctor with years of experience treating chronic conditions like diabetes. At Total Care Family Practice in Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Allen leads our staff of friendly professionals in providing the best care for people living with diabetes, and those at risk. In addition to tests, there are lifestyle and health history questions that Dr. Allen asks in order to recommend the optimal treatment for you.
Dr. Allen knows that evaluating risk factors is an excellent means of measuring a person’s likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Understand that anyone in the world could develop Type 2 diabetes - the condition doesn’t discriminate based on race, age, or sex. Globally, the number of people living with the condition has dramatically risen in the last several decades, with 2014 seeing over 422 million cases. In the United States, the most marked rise in cases occurred among Indigenous and Black youth, with Indigenous women leading the number of new cases in women overall.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
It’s possible to have Type 2 diabetes without knowing it, but normally, Dr. Allen sees people who suspect that something is wrong. Excessive urination, tiredness, and unintended weight loss are all symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Other symptoms include:
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, Dr. Allen can assist you with consultation and testing. It is extremely important to stay on top of symptoms of diabetes, and we’re happy to help you keep your health on track.
While there are a number of things that can worsen your Type 2 diabetes, diabetes itself has complications, as well as the ability to exacerbate other medical conditions that you may have. Many people living with Type 2 are living with depression and anxiety related to the condition. It puts you at elevated risk of developing cardiovascular issues and damaging your feet, eyes, hearing, and kidneys. This is part of the reason that Dr. Allen wants to make sure to test individuals who are experiencing the symptoms of diabetes - the potential for more health issues is very high.
The short answer is yes, though don’t panic - tests are needed to confirm, and Dr. Allen is happy to assist and guide you through these important steps. Living with Type 2 diabetes can be difficult, but you’re not alone. Call our offices at 702-541-8240, or book an appointment with us online.