Neeraj Tripathy, MD has over 20 years of experience serving the Internal Medicine needs of Ridley Park, PA, Springfield, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Specializing in Internal Medicine, Dr. Tripathy treats a wide variety of conditions in both children and adults.
Diabetes actually refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses glucose. The two most common types of diabetes are referred to as "Type 1", which is an autoimmune disorder where the pancreas stops producing insulin completely, and "Type 2", is where the body is still producing insulin, but does not enough to meet the body's needs.
Diabetes symptoms vary depending on the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. Some people with Type 2 diabetes may not experience symptoms initially, but will eventually develop tell-tale signs that the body is not producing enough insulin. Most commonly, these include increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, irritability, and even persistent vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to consult with Dr. Tripathy as soon as possible to avoid potentially deadly complications. Testing for diabetes is a simple 10-second test where a drop of blood is used to determine your blood sugar level.
The short answer is, "It depends". Type 1 Diabetes must be managed with insulin injections or insulin infusion. While the pancreas may continue to secrete small amounts of insulin for a short time after diagnosis, the immune system will eventually completely kill the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. At this point, the patient will be completely reliant on insulin in order to remain healthy. In patients with Type 2 Diabetes, adjustments in lifestyle including changes in diet, losing weight, and beginning a regular exercise routine may help curb the need for insulin use. Additionally, new medications can help the body better utilize the insulin it is producing. However, only Dr. Tripathy can determine your insulin needs as well as any lifestyle changes that can help you manage this chronic condition.
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