Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how you process the sugar you get from your diet. Typically, your body produces the hormone insulin to help convert sugar into the energy you need to function.
There are several types of diabetes:
In Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels or doesn’t use the insulin efficiently. The condition is usually the result of weight challenges and lifestyle factors, like a poor diet and a lack of exercise.
Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels remain high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.
If your blood sugar levels remain too high, it can lead to damage throughout your body. High blood sugar levels can damage your nerves, blood vessels, organs, and can lead to premature death.
Diabetic complications the providers at Greenbrook Medical can diagnose and treat include:
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that results from high blood sugar levels. Damage can occur in any part of your body but is most common in the nerves of your legs and feet.
This can lead to persistent weakness and numbness that increases your risk for open wounds (ulcers), infection, and tissue death.
Diabetic kidney disease develops when high blood sugar levels damage the kidneys and allows waste to build up in your body.
Diabetes can also cause high blood pressure that further damages your organs, preventing them from functioning properly.
Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that develop when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels and nerves in the eyes.
The condition can lead to vision loss and permanent blindness.
The physicians at Greenbrook Medical offer comprehensive diabetes management services to reduce your risk for these complications and preserve your long-term health.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, the physicians at Greenbrook Medical may first recommend lifestyle and diet modifications that help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. They can also prescribe medications if you still need help controlling your blood sugar levels.
While the goal of managing diabetes is to prevent complications, the providers can also help you manage diabetic neuropathy and other diabetes-related diseases. They offer customized treatment plans in-office and can also refer you to a specialist through their care coordination services.
To schedule a diabetes consultation, call the Greenbrook Medical office nearest to you today or request an appointment online.