• May 1, 2016

Odessa American: Dr. Ponder On Diabetes

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Dr. Ponder on Diabetes

ON DIABETES: General management strategies for diabetes

Management of diabetes is based upon the symptoms and severity of presentation. Type 2 diabetes mellitus occurs when the pancreas (an organ in the abdomen) produces insufficient amounts of the hormone insulin and/or the body becomes resistant to normal or even high levels of insulin. In contrast, Type 1 diabetes is characterized by destruction of the pancreatic beta cells, leading to absolute insulin deficiency. Ideally, the initial management of Type 2 diabetes should be based on dietary restrictions combined with exercise regimen.

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