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Understanding Diabetes Type 2 and how to reverse it

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Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are also developing it.

 

Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that acts like a key to let blood sugar into the cells in your body for use as energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, cells don’t respond normally to insulin; this is called insulin resistance. Your pancreas makes more insulin to try to get cells to respond. Eventually your pancreas can’t keep up, and your blood sugar rises, setting the stage for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar is damaging to the body and can cause other serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.

 

Type 2 diabetes symptoms often develop over several years and can go on for a long time without being noticed (sometimes there aren’t any noticeable symptoms at all). Because symptoms can be hard to spot, it’s important to know the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and to see your doctor to get your blood sugar tested if you have any of them.

 

Type 2 Diabetes symptoms include:

 

-Fatigue,

-Increased thirst and dry mouth,

-Increased urination,

-Frequent vaginal or urinary infections,

-Erectile dysfunction,

-Increased hunger,

-Neuropathy (numbness, tingling in feet and hands),

-Blurred vision,

-Slow-healing sores or frequent infections,

-Weight gain

 

How do I know if I have Type 2 Diabetes?

 

At least one the following blood tests:

  1. Fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher on two separate occasions

  2. HbA1c of 6.5% or higher

  3. An oral glucose tolerance test that shows a blood sugar of 200 mg/dL or higher after 2 hours

The problem:

The Solution: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Program

Visit our website www.westondiet.com for more information or call us at 954-389-1800 to schedule your Free Consultation with Dr. Bretal.

Author
Dr. Andrea Bretal M.D. Dr. Andrea Bretal M.D. Andrea Bretal, MD, is the medical director at Weston Medical Health & Wellness in Weston, Florida. She has more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified physician in internal medicine. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Bretal earned her degree from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Rosario, Argentina. She completed residencies in internal medicine at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and at the Western Reserve Hospital with Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. Her interest in obesity medicine began with her own weight struggles. When traditional strategies didn’t result in lasting weight loss, she began exploring the science behind weight. Today, she uses holistic, integrative approaches to weight loss, helping each patient balance their body, mind, and soul. Dr. Bretal proudly partners with other holistic professionals to give her patients the complete support they need for success. Dr. Bretal is passionate about helping her patients lose weight and live health

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