Frequently Asked Questions On Diabetes Care

What is Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that impacts how your body breaks down sugar (glucose). With Type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effect of insulin – the hormone that regulates the sugar levels in your cells – or doesn’t produce enough insulin.This means that your body is unable to break down sugars in the food that you eat normally.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes develop slowly, and it is possible to have diabetes for years without having any symptoms. This is why it is important to be screened regularly!

More severe forms of diabetes will present with symptoms, which include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections

If you have any of these symptoms, see a Jacaranda nurse immediately to be screened for diabetes!

What are the complications of diabetes? Why should I seek treatment?

It is easy to ignore diabetes, particularly in the early stages when there are no symptoms. However, untreated diabetes can lead to serious complications or even death. Complications of diabetes includes:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease

  • Nerve damage

  • Kidney damage

  • Eye damage

  • Slow healing

  • Hearing impairment

  • Skin conditions

  • Sleep apnea

  • Alzheimer’s disease

Complete diabetes care and constant monitoring by a healthcare professional can help reduce the risk of more serious complications. Be sure to get regular treatment to ensure you can remain healthy for yourself and your family.

What is the treatment for diabetes?

Treatment for Type 2 diabetes depends on the severity of the disease. Treatments include:

  • Weight loss

  • Healthy eating

  • Regular exercise

  • Oral diabetes medication

  • Insulin

  • Regular blood sugar monitoring

Talk to a Jacaranda nurse today about what treatment path is most appropriate for complete diabetes care.

What are the risk factors / causes of diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes happens when your body is either unable to produce enough insulin or it is resistant to the effects of insulin. It is not known why this happens, but there are several risk factors that can increase your risk for diabetes.

  • Obesity
  • Greater fat distribution along the waist
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history
  • Older age – above the age of 45

If you have any of these risk factors, you should be screened for diabetes care regularly.