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Adopting Healthy Habits Can Help You Avoid the Need for Diabetes Treatment

Posted on November 3, 2016 and filed under Urgent Care Blog

Did you know that 90% to 95% of diabetes cases seen by healthcare professionals are Type 2 diabetes? This condition differs from Type 1 diabetes in many ways, but the most important difference is that Type 2 diabetes is completely preventable. Today, Type 2 diabetes has become a national epidemic as more and more cases are occurring at a rapid rate. The key to avoiding Type 2 diabetes is by knowing the early signs of diabetes and taking the necessary measures to reverse any Type 2 diabetes symptoms. MD Now is concerned about Type 2 diabetes and wants to help the community understand the early signs of diabetes and how to make the necessary changes to avoid the need for diabetes treatment.

Type 1 Diabetes vs. Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and occurs when their body’s immune system kills the cells that release insulin. As a result, those with Type 1 diabetes are unable to produce any insulin at all. This lack of insulin means that their cells cannot properly absorb the glucose they need to produce energy. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes need some sort of diabetes treatment to meet their energy requirements. The most common type 1 diabetes symptoms are extreme weakness, constant tiredness, increased urination, huge thirst, and ongoing stomach pain. These type 1 diabetes symptoms must be taken seriously and a child must have a diabetes test to see if medical care is needed to keep their condition under control.

In contrast, Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age and usually results from unhealthy habits. While it’s typically seen in adults, a growing number of children are developing Type 2 diabetes symptoms as a result of poor lifestyle choices. In Type 2, a person’s body is still producing insulin, but they’re no longer capable of using that insulin in the proper way. As Type 2 diabetes worsens, their pancreas produces lower amounts of insulin and they soon become insulin-deficient. The signs of Type 2 diabetes are basically the same as Type 1 diabetes symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to a medical professional immediately and schedule a diabetes test. But remember, Type 2 diabetes can be reversed and even prevented by taking the proper precautions and making certain lifestyle changes. 

3 Ways to Reverse or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: Research shows that losing just 5% to 7% of your body weight can greatly improve diabetes.
  2. Adopt a healthy diet: Ask a medical professional to teach you about healthy eating and make healthy foods the majority of your diet.
  3. Exercise regularly: Aim to get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

MD Now is Your Source for the Highest-Quality Care

Discover the caring, convenient, and cost-efficient treatment that can always be found at MD Now. At any MD Now location, we can check you for Diabetes by doing a finger stick glucose test or an HBA1C blood test. All of our locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year, and operate on a walk-in, no-appointment basis to conveniently suit your schedule. With 26 locations throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, quality care is always within your reach. For the South Florida locations nearest you, visit https://www.mymdnow.com/locations.

To learn more about our urgent care centers, call 888-MDNow-911 or visit www.MDNow.com.

MD Now® Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers is the leading provider of fast and affordable urgent care to adults and children in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Our state-of-the-art, walk-in medical centers are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to deliver an affordable and convenient alternative to long emergency room wait times and the limited hours of family physicians. No appointment is necessary and major insurance plans are accepted. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of urgent care services to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, our multiple locations offer digital x-rays, EKG, ultrasounds, lab testing, physicals, immunizations, vaccines, physical therapy, occupational medicine, travel medicine and selected primary care services. Find the medical care you need with the convenience you want at MD Now. Call: 888-MDNow-911, online: www.MDNow.com.

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