Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States. Dr. Braman provides treatment and support to his diabetic patients in Salem, Oregon from his practice, Northwest Lifestyle Medicine.
Every person’s body requires physiologic “sugar” -- also known as glucose -- to function. In order to transfer sugar into your cells, the body also needs insulin. Diabetes is typically due to “insulin resistance”, or cells becoming unable to use insulin properly. Diabetes is typically a symptom of poor lifestyle, but there are other factors also. If you eat healthfully, exercise regularly and are of a healthy weight, then chances are you don’t have type 2 diabetes. However, if you are overweight, eat lots of unhealthy foods and don’t move much physically, then you may very well be at risk. If you have diabetes in your family, you are also likely at increased risk.
The most common symptom of more advanced diabetes is an increased desire to urinate, as well as to drink and eat more. The kidneys can’t cope with abnormally high glucose levels and lose the blood glucose into the urine, which takes abnormal amounts of water with it. Even though you are eating more, you may lose weight. Since your body can’t metabolize glucose normally, it’s taking fuels from fat and muscle. You lose calories when extra glucose is lost to urination. Other symptoms include being overly tired, having blurred vision, frequently getting infections, and experiencing darkening patches of skin.
If you have type 2 diabetes, symptoms can take a long time to develop. Some people won’t see symptoms for years after they develop type 2 diabetes. That is why it’s so important to come to Northwest Lifestyle Medicine in Salem, Oregon for a diabetes test. We can determine your risk factors, and whether or not you already have type 2 diabetes.
If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, or you think you are currently diabetic, it’s time to take a diabetes test. Contact the office of Northwest Lifestyle Medicine to schedule an appointment for your diabetes test and consultation. We will work with you to determine the best way for you to manage your issues with type 2 diabetes based on treating the cause and considering ALL treatment options. The good news is that most people who effectively “treat the cause” are eventually able to safely discontinue medication because they no longer have diabetes.