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What You Need To Know About Diabetes

Get the facts about diabetes, its symptoms, and how to manage it.

Each year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic illnesses worldwide, and because of the severity of this condition, it’s important to understand how to manage this disease to prevent dangerous complications from happening. Your Houston, TX, doctors, Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal, have worked with countless patients to get their diabetes under control.

You May Not Experience Symptoms

It’s common for diabetes to go undiagnosed for years. That’s because people often don’t experience symptoms or may brush off minor symptoms like fatigue, blaming poor sleep, or stress. If you recognize early warning signs, turn to our Houston, TX, medical team for diabetes screenings and blood tests.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Wounds that are slow to heal
  • Increased urination
  • Unexpected weight loss

We recognize that some of these symptoms can be caused by stress or other disorders, but it’s still important that we rule out diabetes.

You Shouldn’t Ignore Risk Factors

While anyone can develop diabetes, certain factors can increase your risk. Genetics and age are factors you can’t change. If you have a family history of diabetes you must schedule annual checkups with your doctor to screen for diabetes. Other risk factors include:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Being diagnosed with fatty liver disease
  • Having had gestational diabetes
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having heart disease

You Can Reverse Prediabetes

The CDC reports that around 88 million American adults have prediabetes. That’s one in three adults. The CDC also states that about 84% don’t even know that they have it. This is yet another reason to visit your doctor for yearly checkups. We can spot prediabetes and provide you with simple lifestyle changes that may be able to reverse high blood sugar levels to prevent it from turning into full-blown diabetes. Take the steps now to protect yourself.

Diabetes Requires Immediate Treatment

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications, including amputation, nerve damage, and vision loss. This is why you must seek medical attention if you suspect that you might have diabetes. Our doctors can prescribe insulin to help control blood sugar levels. You’ll also need to monitor your blood sugar throughout the day to make sure that the medication is effective. Through a healthy lifestyle and medications, you can lower blood sugar levels and reduce your risk for diabetes-related complications.

If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes, you must turn to your Houston, TX, doctors, Dr. Rios and Dr. Neal, for an evaluation. Never ignore your symptoms. Call Rios Healthcare Associates today at (832) 323-9230.