Baptist Health Madisonville: Managing Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
Baptist Health has a variety of educational programs and treatment options for managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about improving your quality of life with ways to stay healthy and manage diabetes.
Managing Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes in Madisonville HealthTalks Transcript
Crystal Ward, APRN, Family Medicine:
Diabetes is a condition that leads to high blood sugar. This happens when the body doesn’t use its insulin well or doesn’t make enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes the blood sugar from the foods we eat and carries it into the body’s cells.
Type 1 diabetes is caused when your body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. These people must take injections of additional insulin every day for the rest of their lives.
Type 2 diabetes is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic factors and lifestyle factors. Type 2 diabetes is treated by first adjusting those lifestyle modifications, which means the way that you eat, eliminating concentrated sugars, adding exercise to your life, and controlling your blood pressure.
Everybody needs to be screened every year, because at least 28 percent of the people in the United States that are affected by diabetes don’t have the diagnosis yet, and it can cause such a huge impact. Those with diabetes are much more likely to die of a heart attack or a stroke.
Your primary care provider can help you manage your diabetes, whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2. At Baptist Health in Powderly, we are able to spend the time it takes to learn what you need and get you to the highest level of health possible.