Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder. Unlike type 1 diabetes, the pancreas can still produce insulin, although it either doesn’t make enough or your body doesn’t respond to it properly. As a result, your blood sugar levels build up and you become sick if not treated.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, leading a sedentary lifestyle, family history of the disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Also, type 2 diabetes is more common among those of African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent.
Treatment for type 2 diabetes typically begins with oral medication, along with weight loss, healthy diet, and exercise. You may eventually need insulin injections to regulate your blood sugar. It’s critically important to manage your blood glucose levels to prevent complications such as heart disease, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, poor circulation in the feet, and foot problems such as ulcers and infection.
Dr. Lurie works with a dedicated team of diabetes educators and nutritionists to help manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Together we can provide guidance for patients on oral medications, insulin injections, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitors (CGM).