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The Basics on Diabetes

Whether you've recently been diagnosed or continue to fight the good fight daily, it's significant to educate yourself on the basics of diabetes. In the U.S., more than 1 in 3 individuals are pre-diabetic, and sadly, 90% aren't even aware. Fortunately, if your physician determines you have pre-diabetes, participating in a lifestyle change program can reverse it and drastically reduce your risk of developing type 2. At Urgent Care TX, we provide diabetes testing for early detection, prevention, and treatment to help our Cleburne, TX, and Lancaster, TX, patients live their best quality of life—read on to learn more.

Types of Diabetes

  • Pre-diabetes - occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not enough to be considered type 2
  • Type 1 - develops when the pancreas is making very little or no insulin
  • Type 2 - usually arises in patients over 45 and happens when the body doesn't produce enough insulin or resists it entirely
  • Gestational - affects how your body processes sugar but only happens during pregnancy

Causes and Symptoms 

Diabetes can result from genetics, obesity, and certain lifestyle factors. If the condition is left untreated, there are dangerous consequences that can put major organs, such as the kidneys, eyes, and heart, in jeopardy. If you are physically inactive, have high blood pressure and cholesterol, or previously had gestational diabetes, this can increase your risk. You should visit one of our two locations immediately if you notice:

  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Extremely dry skin
  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • Excessive hunger or unexplained weight loss

Diagnosis and Treatment

Testing for diabetes is quick, efficient, and takes place in a comfortable and convenient setting. Here at Urgent Care TX, our physicians may order one or more blood tests to reach a proper diagnosis and will develop a treatment plan after confirming. The goal of testing is to measure your blood sugar levels or glucose tolerance. You may also be asked to fast beforehand. Treatment aims at maintaining these levels through medication, diet, exercise, insulin therapy, and annual visits to our office.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are interested in diabetes testing, consult with one of the physicians here at Urgent Care TX. They can examine your family and medical history, as well as address any questions or concerns you may have. For more information about the conditions we treat and the services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Cleburne TX, office, please call (682)-317-1537. For our Lancaster, TX, location, please call (682) 549-8300.

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