About 463 million people have diabetes worldwide, and it’s an epidemic in America. If you have diabetes, it’s important to know that your condition is manageable and that you can live a healthy life. The best way to do this is through customized diabetes care from your family medicine physician. At Family Care Plus Clinic, dedicated physician Nancy Naghavi, DO, and the team of family medicine specialists support your diabetes care needs at all times. Call either clinic location in Katy, Texas, or Stow, Ohio, or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that develops when your blood glucose level is too high for a prolonged period due to insulin problems. You need insulin because it essentially unlocks your cells.
Insulin allows glucose from the foods you eat to enter your cells so you can use it for energy. When you don't have insulin or your insulin doesn't work properly, blood glucose builds up until it causes serious harm in your body.
Diabetes can eventually cause high blood pressure, nerve damage, liver failure, heart failure, vision loss, and feet damage — and potentially life-threatening conditions like diabetic ketoacidosis.
The two main forms of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, both require expert care.
Type 1 diabetes isn't preventable. It happens because your body doesn’t produce insulin.
With Type 1 diabetes, you need insulin injections or an insulin pump that automatically delivers insulin. You also need to monitor your blood glucose closely, watch your weight, and live a healthy lifestyle.
With Type 2 diabetes, which is almost always preventable, there are a few different approaches to treatment. Improving your health is the top priority with Type 2 diabetes treatment.
If you need to lose weight, the Family Care Plus Clinic team can help you do so in a healthy way. Eating right, especially controlling your refined sugar and carb intake, is a major part of diabetes management, as is regular exercise and blood glucose monitoring.
You may also need to take a medication like metformin to help control your blood glucose if diet and exercise aren't enough. If diet, exercise, and medication don't keep your blood glucose stable, you may need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump.
Family Care Plus Clinic offers all the support you need to maintain the best health possible as you live with diabetes.
During your annual physical exam, the team checks for early warning signs of diabetes like elevated blood glucose. If you have high blood glucose that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, it's called prediabetes.
Family Care Plus Clinic can help you make the right changes to prevent diabetes. This usually includes losing weight, changing the way you eat, and increasing your physical activity level.
For diabetes diagnosis and management from a caring team who understands your needs, call Family Care Plus Clinic or use the online scheduling tool today.