Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, according to data from the CDC, however about a quarter of these people don’t know they have the disease. Diabetes significantly increases their risk of heart attack, stroke, amputations, and other complications. If you have diabetes, seeing a doctor for regular evaluations is critical for good health. At New York Cardiovascular Prevention & Vein Center, PLLC, Dr. Bradley Radwaner helps patients in New York, NY, manage their diabetes and reduce their increased risk for cardiovascular disease with customized treatment programs based on each patient’s unique needs. If you have diabetes or if you think you might be at risk for the disease, call the office or use the online system to schedule an evaluation today.
Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by an imbalance in blood sugar (glucose) levels that develops because your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or your body isn’t using insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that usually begins in childhood, but type 2 diabetes is usually associated with being overweight or by obesity.
Your symptoms can vary to some degree depending on whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Generally speaking, symptoms can include:
Damage to your nerve and circulatory systems associated with diabetes can cause an array of very serious health problems, including:
Without proper management, high glucose levels can damage the blood vessels that provide your heart (and the rest of your body) with the oxygen-rich blood it needs to function properly. Diabetes can damage the nerves that control your normal heart functions. In addition, if you have diabetes, you are also more likely to have high cholesterol and obesity issues that also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes can be diagnosed with a blood test that measures your glucose levels. Blood glucose testing is often one of several blood tests performed when you have a regular physical exam.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires ongoing treatment and management throughout your life. If you have diabetes, you’ll need to monitor your glucose levels closely throughout each day, and you might need to use insulin to keep your glucose levels within healthy limits. You’ll also need to follow a special diet and stay physically active. If you’re overweight, losing extra pounds may help as well. Seeing your doctor regularly for checkups and heart evaluations is an important part of managing your disease and in preventing serious and potentially life-threatening complications, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.