Primary Care Practice & General Internal Medicine located in Winter Garden, FL & Trinity, FL
Diabetes and related conditions affect more than 100 million Americans. If you’re among this population, visit Medhealth Clinical in Winter Park, Florida, where primary care specialist Pedro F. Garcia, MD, can help diagnose your condition and manage your treatment plan. Contact the office for a full diabetic workup and care. Call the clinic or schedule your assessment online today.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a collection of disorders that mean your body has trouble managing blood sugar or glucose levels. Your pancreas, an organ responsible for producing the hormone insulin, no longer functions properly.
Without enough insulin, your body cannot shuttle glucose from your bloodstream into your cells. As a result, your body is off-balance, and your organs and nervous system suffer. Without management, diabetes can cause complications such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Foot problems
- Vision issues
- Peripheral neuropathy
Diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation of limbs, and early death.
What are the types of diabetes?
Diabetes isn’t just one disease. Some people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes early in life. This autoimmune condition occurs when your immune system attacks cells in your pancreas that make insulin, so you need supplemental insulin to survive.
Type 2 diabetes is more common and usually develops over time as you age and with lifestyle choices. Your body stops using insulin optimally, so your blood sugar levels stay chronically high.
Millions of Americans also fall into the category of prediabetes. They have blood sugar levels that are high but not high enough to be classified as diabetic. Without intervention and diet and exercise habits, prediabetes can turn into full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women and looks like Type 2 diabetes. While it usually resolves after a woman gives birth, it predisposes her to Type 2 diabetes in the future.
How is diabetes treated?
Diabetes requires consistent management. The team at Medhealth Clinical monitor your blood sugar levels to determine needed adjustments to your treatment plan that typically includes:
- Dietary guidance
- Exercise recommendations
- Supplemental insulin (for Type 1 diabetics)
- Metformin or other oral medications (for Type 2 diabetics)
- Weight-loss support
Proper management helps you avoid complications of the disease, including neurological damage and heart problems. If you have prediabetes, dietary and exercise management may help reverse the condition.
If you have diabetes or prediabetes, you don’t have to manage it alone. You benefit from expert management like that offered at Medhealth Clinical. Call for an appointment or book online today.
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