Diabetes

Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect your body’s use of blood sugar (glucose).

What is diabetes?

Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect your body’s use of blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is essential to your health because it is the brain’s main source of fuel and provides energy to the cells that make up your tissues and muscles. There are 2 types of diabetes, but regardless of the type, these diseases result from excessive sugar in the blood. Type 1 usually develops at a young age (though it can develop at any age) and occurs when the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Type 2 can also develop at any age, but it is more common among people who are 40 or older.

Your symptoms will depend on how much your blood sugar is elevated. With type 1 diabetes, symptoms are known to develop quickly and are much more severe. Some of the most common symptoms for both types include extreme hunger and increased thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, blurred vision, frequent infections, unexplained weight loss and irritability.

Type 2 diabetes and obesity

Fatty tissue in the body and abnormal cholesterol & triglycerides increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While it is not known why some people develop a resistance to insulin, it is known that obesity and a lack of physical activity can make it worse. The connection is also seen in the fact that weight loss can actually improve or cure type 2 diabetes.* In addition to the degree of obesity, the factor of where the excess body fat is located is also important in determining the risk of type 2. Insulin resistance is higher among people who are “apple” shaped. This is due to the fact that the majority of their excess body weight hovers around their abdomen. Routine physical activity, losing weight if you are overweight and eating a healthy diet can prevent type 2 and can also potentially cure this disease.*

Advice and Treatments in West Sound, Washington

At Kitsap Medical Weight Loss in Poulsbo, Washington, we provide medical advice and treatments to patients who want to reduce fat in a healthy way. Each of our patients is treated with the proper care and support based on their own personal needs, preferences and circumstances. If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes, we can help you get on the path to recovery.* To get started, give us a call at (360) 626-1166 or schedule online. We look forward to seeing you!

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

Schedule Now

We make it easy! Call us at (360) 626-1166 or request an appointment below.

We’ve all been on diets and all failed. Well, this time Skip and I desperately needed help to overcome my limited mobility due to back surgery that didn’t go as expected. Kitsap Medical Weight Loss ISN'T a diet. It’s a life style change that has been the most positive thing to happen to us in years, and years. We learned what our worst enemy is when eating… CARBOHYDRATES. After 5 months we’ve both lost over 35 pounds and have learned we eat to live, not live to eat. Dr. Ellen and her staff have been incredible. The first month was very difficult but we learned what we could and couldn’t eat and received lots of positive support suggestions and recipes to try. And we don’t even miss potatoes, pasta or French fries any more. For the first time for as long as I can remember I can see my toes. Some visceral fat disappears in the first two weeks. It gives you more incentive to keep going. I am more mobile and stand up straighter and walk better. GIVE IT A TRY. You won’t be disappointed.*
- SGM

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

Search

We're happy to answer any questions you may have, feel free to call us at
(360) 626-1166