Dr. Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado, her doctorate of naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University, and a masters of public health (MPH) in health services research from the University of Washington. She completed her residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in ambulatory primary care and fellowship training at the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Washington.
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which cells cannot use blood sugar
(glucose) efficiently for energy. This happens when blood sugar gets too high
over time, and the cells become insensitive to insulin.
There are two types of diabetes mellitus, type 1 and type 2. The difference
between the two are in type 2 diabetes, the pancreas still makes insulin, but the
cells cannot use it very efficiently. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas
cannot make insulin due to auto-immune destruction of the insulin-producing beta
Often there are no specific symptoms until blood tests are done
Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed by a blood test for blood sugar. In type 2
diabetes a blood sugar level more than 125 when fasting or more than 200
randomly is diagnostic for diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is treated with
diet and lifestyle changes such as cutting
out certain foods like sugar, bread, and pasta. It is also treated with a number
(Glucophage) is usually the first medication to be tried.
The prognosis for a person with type 2 diabetes is estimated to be a life
expectancy of 10 years less. However, good blood sugar control and taking steps
to prevent complications is shortening this gap and people with type 2 diabetes
are living longer.
Symptoms of diabetes can be similar in type 1 diabetes, typically diagnosed in children and teens, and type 2 diabetes, which most often occurs in adults. Early symptoms of any type of diabetes are related to high blood and urine glucose levels and include