Millions of Americans have diabetes and haven’t been diagnosed, while millions more have been diagnosed. A person with diabetes either doesn’t produce the correct amount of insulin for his or her body, or doesn’t use the insulin properly. Because of this, glucose builds up in the blood instead of transporting into the body’s cells as it should.
Diabetes comes in two forms: Type 1 and Type 2. When the body’s pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, a person has Type 1, or juvenile diabetes. Ninety to ninety-five percent of people with diabetes have Type 2. Type 2 diabetes happens when a person’s pancreas doesn’t create enough insulin or cells act as though the insulin doesn’t exist.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Atypical Weight Loss
Weakness or Fatigue
Tingling or Numbness in the Hands or Feet
Abnormal Tiredness or Drowsiness
Fruity Breath Odor
Symptoms can show up quite suddenly. You should take your child to the doctor right away, if he or she shows any of the signs above.
An endocrinologist can help diagnose and treat diabetes and its effects. We work with patients to keep blood sugar levels under control and prevent problems with the nerves, eyes and kidneys. Treatment includes diet and medication.