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Diabetes

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Family Medical Doctors

Internal Medicine & Pulmonary Medicine located in New Port Richey, FL

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects 13% of adults in Florida. Fortunately, diabetes is a manageable condition. The team at Family Medical Doctors in Trinity, Florida, specializes in chronic disease management. They provide comprehensive and compassionate care for people with diabetes and can help you retake control of your condition. For expert care of your diabetes, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Your body turns the food you eat into energy in the form of glucose, which is sugar. Your blood delivers the glucose to all the cells, tissues, and organs throughout your body to serve as fuel.

If you have diabetes, the glucose is unable to move from your blood into your cells due to problems with a hormone called insulin. Too much glucose in your blood damages your blood vessels and organs and increases your risk of heart disease, neuropathy, and retinopathy.

What are the main types of diabetes?

There are many types of diabetes. The most common include:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that most often develops in childhood or adolescence. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t make insulin because their immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, your insulin isn’t working like it should and can’t usher the glucose from the blood into the cell.

Type 2 diabetes affects people of all ages, but it is most often diagnosed in adults over the age of 40. 

Gestational diabetes

This type of diabetes develops during pregnancy. Though gestational diabetes resolves after the birth of the baby, it increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Prediabetes

Prediabetes means your blood sugar numbers are higher than they should be, but not high enough to be called diabetes. With prediabetes, you can make changes to your lifestyle to prevent the onset of full-blown diabetes. 

How is diabetes diagnosed?

The health experts at Family Medical Doctors may refer you for blood testing to diagnose diabetes. The types of blood tests include:

  • Fasting blood glucose
  • Random blood glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Oral glucose tolerance test

Your blood test may screen for diabetes as part of your annual physical exam or due to symptoms you have that may be signs of diabetes, such as increased urination or excessive thirst.

How is diabetes treated?

The health providers at Family Medical Doctors specialize in chronic disease management and work one on one with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your diabetes.

Your plan may include:

  • Diet modification
  • An exercise program
  • Weight loss
  • Medication (oral medication or insulin injections)
  • Stress management

The goal of your treatment is to help you keep your blood sugar levels in good control to prevent the onset of more serious health complications. 

To make an appointment for diagnosis or management of diabetes, call Family Medical Doctors or book an appointment online today.

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