“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” Charles Schulz.
There is an epidemic of diabetes in the U.S today. In the last 20 years the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has doubled. There are (2) types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes symptoms are increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue and blurred vision. This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and teens and used to be called juvenile diabetes. It occurs because the patient’s immune system destroys the insulin making cells in the pancreas. That is why it is called insulin dependent diabetes. The complications associated with Type 1 diabetes are cardiovascular disease, skin problems, gum/periodontal disease, pregnancy problems, retinopathy, kidney damage, and poor blood flow.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease where your body does not use your insulin well and your blood sugar levels will fluctuate. Type 2 diabetes develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes such as weight loss, eating healthy foods and being active. Diabetes can have a significant impact on your general systemic health as well as your oral health.
Should you have any questions about diabetes please contact our office.
Michael W. Dagostino DDS