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Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic

What "type" of diabetic are you?

Our office is the premier center for diabetic excellence in footcare. Because of this, our doctors deal with all types of diabetics. Most are familiar with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, however there is now researchers that are determining other types of diabetes that exist too.
Type 1 diabetics: this usually refers to diabetes that is due to an autoimmune disorder that causes the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas from producing enough insulin to regulate the body's glucose levels. It is often referred to as juvenile onset, however in reality it can happen at any stage in life. It requires regular insulin administration either by a pump not injections and is regularly referred to as insulin dependent.
Type 2 diabetics: this refers to a metabolic disorder that results in hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars due to the body's insulin reinsurance or inability to produce insulin. It used to be referred to as non- insulin dependent diabetes and adult onset used to be more common, however it's occurrence is becoming more common in young adults, teens, and even children.
Type 3(a very new term) diabetics: this term has been proposed by researchers as those with Alzheimer's disease. They have correlated insulin resistance with Alzheimer's progression. It was also found that insulin is produced in the brain as well as the pancreas.
Gestational diabetics: between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy, your dr will perform a blood test that will test your blood sugar levels. Hormonal changes and demands of the baby may increase your insulin needs, and it may be temporarily inadequate. Although this does leave after delivery, the chances of getting diabetes later in life are increased.

If you have any of these types of diabetes, it is important to see your podiatrist to help prevent compilations in your feet. Make an appt with one of our doctors today aat Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic 630-834-3668.