Over 100 million adults in the United States are living with diabetes or prediabetes. The knowledgeable providers at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic are well-equipped to help you manage a diagnosis of either condition. The New Albany, Mississippi practice offers convenient, on-site blood testing and laboratory services, allowing your provider to check blood sugar levels during each appointment. Schedule a consultation to learn more about the diabetes management services available to you.
Diabetes is a disease that describes a malfunction in how your body processes the glucose or sugar, it takes from the foods you eat. This glucose is necessary for nourishing your cells and giving your body the energy it needs to stay active. It’s the hormone insulin that helps your body break down these sugars and convert them to energy.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t make insulin to break down sugar, resulting in chronically high levels of sugar remaining in your bloodstream, which can result in serious medical complications, including organ damage.
With Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas makes insulin, but your body doesn’t use it properly, and it can’t keep up, resulting in high glucose levels.
Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Without treatment, this condition can turn into Type 2 diabetes, but with action, it can be reversed.
Diabetes symptoms vary from person to person and depend on your blood sugar levels. Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are typically more severe and come on quickly.
Common warning signs associated with diabetes include:
Diabetes can also cause recurring infections in the skin, gums, and vagina.
If you experience any symptoms of diabetes or have a family history of the condition, your Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic physician can perform a blood test on-site to check your sugar levels.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need daily insulin injections to regulate your blood sugar levels.
With Type 2 diabetes, your provider may initially recommend lifestyle changes that include incorporating a healthier diet into your routine and staying physically active. These changes can help you lose weight, which may make managing your blood sugar more efficient.
If exercise and a healthy diet aren’t enough to control your blood sugar, you may need to start medication therapy to prevent additional complications. You also need to monitor your blood sugar levels at home to ensure they are well-controlled.
For assistance with managing your diabetes, schedule a consultation with the experienced staff at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic today.