Diabetes now affects about 10 percent of the American population, or about 30 million people. And an estimated 90 million more people have a condition called prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is listed as our seventh-leading cause of death, though experts suggest underreporting of diabetes on death certificates means it is actually more prevalent.
There are several different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes because it strikes mostly young people, affects only about 5 percent of diabetics. Pregnant women sometimes get gestational diabetes about 24 weeks into their pregnancy. And millions of Americans have preventable type 2 diabetes.
Some people with type 2 diabetes have such mild symptoms that the disease often goes undetected. Common symptoms include:
Unfortunately, many people still hold onto the myth that diabetes is not serious. Diabetes can lead to blindness, the amputation of limbs and death. Diabetes, in fact, causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two-thirds of diabetics die from heart disease or stroke. With early detection and treatment of diabetes, we can reduce the risk of developing those diabetic complications.
That’s why the internal medicine and primary care physician (internist) team at Norwood Medical Associates focuses on helping people prevent diabetes through healthy lifestyle choices such as eating right and regular exercise. We also help people manage their diabetes. Discover compassionate diabetes preventive medicine and treatment at Norwood Medical Associates.
If you are struggling with diabetes, it’s good to know you have someone who will treat you like family and take good care of you. To schedule your one-on-one consultation with our primary care doctor (internist), please call us at 781.769.3113 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form. Our diabetic patients come to us from Walpole, Wrentham, Dedham, Norwood Stoughton, MA and neighboring locations.