Estimates say that about 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Left unmanaged, this chronic disease may increase your risk of more serious health problems and negatively affect your quality of life. Family Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of diabetes. To request an appointment today, call the office or click the online booking tool.
Diabetes is a blanket term used to describe a group of diseases high blood glucose or blood sugar characterizes.
Everyone needs blood sugar to survive; it fuels your brain and provides energy for the muscles and soft tissues throughout your body. However, if your blood sugar levels are too high for an extended period of time, it can lead to permanent nerve damage, heart disease, and circulatory problems.
If you’re concerned about your risk of developing diabetes, make an appointment at Family Medical Center as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing more serious health problems later on.
Family Medical Center diagnoses and treats several different types of diabetes, including:
Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes type 1 diabetes, but it’s thought genetics play a role. If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Without insulin, glucose quickly builds up in your bloodstream. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis usually occurs during childhood and lasts a lifetime.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas makes insulin, but not enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar or cannot properly use what it makes. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs as a result of lifestyle factors, such as being overweight, living a sedentary lifestyle, or eating a poor diet.
Gestational diabetes only affects pregnant women. When you’re pregnant, your body releases additional hormones to protect the growing fetus. Normally, your pancreas creates extra insulin to keep up, but sometimes it’s unable to. Usually, gestational diabetes resolves after giving birth. However, it may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are consistently high but not high enough to receive a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. You can reverse prediabetes.
To diagnose diabetes, Family Medical Center offers several types of diabetes testing, including:
An A1C test is the most common to diagnose diabetes. It measures your average blood sugar level over the course of the past two or three months. If you receive two separate test results with a reading of 6.5% or higher, it means you have diabetes.
If your A1C results aren’t consistent, your doctor might recommend another type of test. The type of test you most benefit from depends on your individual health history.
Treatment for diabetes depends on your health history and the type of diabetes you have.
The only effective treatment for type 1 diabetes is insulin therapy combined with healthy lifestyle changes.
If you have type 2 diabetes, insulin may not be necessary. Losing weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy, balanced diet, may be enough to keep your blood sugar levels in check. To assist you in these efforts, Family Medical Center offers a physician-assisted weight loss program.
Family Medical Center works with each diabetic patient one-on-one, developing a custom treatment plan that aligns with their unique health history and needs.
To learn more about treatment for diabetes, make an appointment at Family Medical Center today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.