General Internal Medicine Group: Diabetes Explained

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Diabetes occurs in the body when blood sugar levels are constantly above a healthy level. Affecting more than 25 million citizens in the US alone, it is the most common disorder of the endocrine system. Common symptoms of diabetes include dizziness and fatigue, increased urination, excessive yeast infections, extreme thirst and hunger, blurred vision, slow healing sores or cuts, and sudden weight gain or loss.

There are two types of diabetes. Diabetes 1 is caused by a body’s inability to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin is responsible for breaking up sugars in the bloodstream. Type-one diabetes typically shows up in the system of young people under the age of 20. With type-one diabetes, the human body makes little to no insulin or has stopped responding to the chemical’s effects, which leads to serious health complications.

Pre-diabetes is a forerunner to diabetes 2 in which abnormally high levels of sugar may be detected in the bloodstream. Oftentimes, this can be due to poor diet or lifestyle choices. People with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes might not display serious symptoms.

About the Group: General Internal Medicine Group is an award-winning health team based in North Virginia. The practice has been committed to providing its patients with high-quality, comprehensive, patient-centered medical care since 1983.


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