By Nrupa Shah
October 10, 2013
Category: Diabetes

Everyone is aware of diabetes and the rising number of Americans being diagnosed with the disease. A few days ago Tom Hanks announced that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Hanks seems to be taking the diagnosis well, he has been dealing with blood sugar issues for years and the problems have finally progressed to where he and his doctors assumed they would.

So what exactly is type 2 diabetes? Another name for it is insulin resistant diabetes; this means that that the hormone insulin, which is produced by your pancreas isn’t recognized by your body. Your body needs insulin to take the sugars that you ingest and store them in your cells. So if your body isn’t recognizing the insulin the sugar you are taking in isn’t being stored into your cell, that’s how you get high blood sugar! There are many factors that play into developing type 2. A major factor is being overweight; however this isn’t the only factor! Your family history and genetics also have a strong influence on the development of this disease.

Some signs to look out for the disease in its early stages include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination and fatigue. As the disease progresses more serious symptoms arise like vision problems and quite a few foot problems!

What happens after a diagnosis is made? The most important thing to do is to get your blood sugar numbers back to normal levels and to keep them there! This is done my monitoring levels daily, and combining exercise and a healthy diet. Your doctor will counsel you on a healthier lifestyle that will get your blood sugar to normal.

If patients don’t follow instructions and don’t change their lifestyle, this is when serious problems begin to arise. Some of these include vision loss and loss of feeling in your hands and feet, which can lead to ulcers and possibly bone degradation!

If you have any questions about type 2 diabetes make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ to get more information today!

By Nrupa Shah