Diabetes, caused by abnormalities in blood sugar, can be a troublesome and potentially life threatening condition. Diabetes is separated into two distinct strains of the disease, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is caused by either genetics or onset of a virus, but happens when your immune system begins destroying the insulin producing cells in your pancreas, making it so you need to replenish your insulin levels constantly to keep your blood sugar from abnormal levels.
Type 2 is caused by either genetics, or the more common lifestyle option. If you are particularly inactive or obese, your body begins resisting insulin, making your blood sugar rise and fall to abnormal levels.
Some symptoms to catch early on to help take preventative measures against diabetes include thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually occur fast, over the course of a few mere weeks, but symptoms of type 2 diabetes can happen so slowly and over so many years that you’ll hardly notice them.
If caught early enough, in the “pre diabetes” stages, you can effectively, and with the help of San Antonio functional medicine, prevent yourself from falling into type 1 or 2 diabetes, saving yourself from a potential life long condition that will restrict what you eat and do for the rest of your life.
However, many people in San Antonio already fall into the diabetes category, and you might be genetically predisposed to the condition already.
San Antonio Diabetes Statistics
In Bexar County, which covers San Antonio, the percentage of adults that are diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes is over 14%. This beats the average of Texas, which rests at 10%. Texas is only slightly above the national average, which is around 9% of all adult Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes has become a major problem, affecting 1 in every 7 Bexar County adult, and they found out in their study in 2014 that once you hit the age of 45, the possibility of you developing or being affected by diabetes increases significantly, and it is more prevalent in people that are on the older end of the age spectrum than on the younger, but younger people are still not immune due to either genetics they are predisposed to or an unhealthy lifestyle that is generally sweeping the nation.
Living healthy and avoiding or treating your diabetes doesn’t have to mean an eternity of finger pricks. With San Antonio functional medicine we will help you find a way to regain control of your life, and be able to live disease free.
Our functional medicine team is committed to learning more about your body and lifestyle, figuring out a way to help decrease the symptoms and potentially even reverse the effects of diabetes or unhealthy living, helping you not only fight the potential for getting diabetes, but keeping your body under control to help you live a better, healthier, longer life.
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