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Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, the team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, has the expertise and experience to help control your blood sugar levels and manage your symptoms successfully with their professional guidance. To schedule a health evaluation, call the friendly staff today at the office nearest you in Mission, McAllen, or Rio Grande City, Texas, or book your appointment online.

Type 2 Diabetes Q & A

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes impairs the way your body uses sugar for fuel. It occurs when your cells become resistant to insulin and take in less sugar. When too much sugar circulates through the bloodstream, it can lead to disorders that affect your nervous, circulatory, and immune systems. 

Type 2 diabetes mostly occurs in adults, but obesity in children has led to its increase in the younger generation.

What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop slowly over time. It’s possible for you to have it for several years without knowing it.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Sores that won’t heal
  • Frequent infections
  • Dark patches of skin, usually on your armpits and neck
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet

If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramos as soon as possible. Treatment for type 2 diabetes can help you avoid health complications in the future, like eye damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?

The following factors can cause you to be more at risk for type 2 diabetes:

  • Being overweight
  • Stored fat in your abdomen as opposed to your hips and thighs
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Aging
  • Family history

Although undetermined as to why, your race and ethnicity can also put you at risk. For example, you’re more susceptible to type 2 diabetes if you’re Asian American, Native American, African American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander.

How is type 2 diabetes treated?

Managing your type 2 diabetes begins with making healthy choices, like eating a nutrient-rich diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight if you’re overweight. You can also monitor your blood sugar and take diabetes medication or insulin therapy as needed.

If you’re pregnant, Dr. Ramos works with you on a treatment plan for your condition and needs. For example, he may change your diet to control your carbohydrate intake, take you off certain medications like blood pressure medicine, and treat you with insulin therapy.

If you have symptoms of type 2 diabetes, call Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, today for an appointment, or book your visit online.

Kidney Doctors of South Texas, P.A. | Keith Ramos, M.D.
✆ Phone (appointments): 956-242-0729
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 956-519-2315
Address: 1300 S. Bryan Rd., Ste 106, Mission, TX 78572