Diabetes: What Are the Risks?

How your diabetes and obesity specialist in Humble, TX, can help you

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases, and it can have dramatic effects on your body. When you have diabetes, you need the services of a diabetes specialist. Dr. Juan Carlos Zubieta at North Houston Diabetes Institute in Humble, TX, offers specialized care in diabetes, obesity, and critical care medicine to help you prevent and manage diabetes.

Diabetes can have harmful effects on your major body systems including your immune, circulatory, and nervous system. Some of the major risks of diabetes include:

  • Delayed healing from illnesses or injuries
  • Decreased blood flow which can lead to tissue necrosis
  • Delayed or impaired nerve sensation which can lead to injuries you may not feel
  • Impairment of your major organs including your heart and brain
  • Loss of cognitive abilities
  • Hearing and eyesight problems
  • Damage to your extremities, especially your feet

There are several signs and symptoms of diabetes including:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slowed healing
  • Frequent infections

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you need to visit your diabetes specialist, who can order lab testing to confirm that you have diabetes. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your diabetes. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Dietary modifications including sugar reduction, eating whole fruits instead of drinking juices, eating protein and complex carbohydrates, and drinking plenty of water
  • Regular exercise including an exercise regimen of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week to help manage your weight
  • Medication to control blood sugar levels and reduce fluid retention

To learn more about the risks of diabetes, diabetes prevention, and diabetes management, call Dr. Zubieta at North Houston Diabetes Institute in Humble, TX. You can reach him in the office by calling (832) 644-9595, so call today.

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