Diabetes is an incredibly common condition, with over a hundred million American adults living with either prediabetes or diabetes. At Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic, our staff of physicians have helped countless patients diagnose and treat either prediabetes or diabetes. Our New Albany, Mississippi practice can offer on-site lab services and blood testing, giving you access to quick and accurate results on your blood sugar levels with every appointment. Schedule your diabetes consultation at our office by calling us or booking online today.
Diabetes is a health condition that involves a malfunctioning of how sugar or glucose interact with your body. Glucose is important for the body, giving you energy to stay active and providing nourishment for the cells. With a naturally occurring hormone known as insulin, your body converts sugars into energy, but with diabetes this process malfunctions.
Type 1 diabetes means your pancreas can no longer make the insulin needed to break sugar down, leaving you with too much sugar in the bloodstream. This results in major health complications such as organ damage.
Type 2 diabetes means the pancreas can make insulin but the body doesn’t process it efficiently and can’t break down all the sugar in your system, resulting in high sugar levels.
Prediabetes is when you have high sugar levels in the blood, but lower than what would normally be diabetes. Failure to treat prediabetes can lead to the condition evolving into Type 2 diabetes.
The symptoms a person experiences with diabetes can vary, depending exactly on their current levels of sugar in the bloodstream. Type 2 symptoms are less severe and slower than Type 1 symptoms.
Common diabetes symptoms include:
Treatment will depend on the severity of the patient’s diabetes.
Patients with Type 1 diabetes require daily injections of insulin to properly regulate their blood sugar levels.
Patients with Type 2 diabetes may find results by simply making healthy changes to their lifestyle, such as adjusting to a healthier daily diet and starting regular exercise. These changes should lead to weight loss, which will naturally lower their blood sugar levels.
If lifestyle changes fail to control blood sugar levels, then medication therapy may be needed to prevent any health complications. Patients should also expect to regularly monitor their blood sugar levels on their own.
Find help with your diabetes or prediabetes management by scheduling an appointment with our staff at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinics through phone or online today.