Facts About Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, over 23 million Americans, or 8 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is suspected that over 5 million have the disease, but have not been diagnosed. For more information, visit www.diabetes.org.
Source: American Diabetes Association
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The physicians and health care specialists at Methodist Academic Medicine Associates are experts at treating these and other related diseases and conditions:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Diabetes complications (especially those involving the blood vessels and heart)
- High cholesterol
Insulin-dependent, or Type 1, diabetes occurs in individuals who produce little or no insulin (a hormone that helps convert blood sugar into energy). The more common Type 2 diabetes, or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, occurs when your body produces some, but not enough, insulin to properly regulate blood sugar levels. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 are manageable and should not get in the way of living a long, healthy life.
Obesity, which is a common contributor to Type 2 diabetes, is also linked with serious complications such as insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, lipid disorders, ASVD, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, liver disease and joint problems. Although obesity may have a genetic component, it can also be managed and even eradicated by lifestyle changes in fitness and nutrition.
Both obesity and diabetes are frequently associated with elevated cholesterol levels. High levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol can predispose you to heart disease or risk having a stroke. Like obesity, however, high cholesterol can be managed with exercise, good eating habits and medication.
The Methodist Academic Medicine Associates work with the Diabetes, Obesity and Lipids Center of Excellence to deliver top care based on cutting-edge research to patients suffering from diabetes, obesity, or high cholesterol and their related complications. To learn more about your condition, visit our health library.