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