Diabetes Specialist

Primary Care Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics & Geriatricians in Seffner and New Port Richey, FL

Diabetes Symptoms

 

Diabetes causes a variety of symptoms, including:

Fatigue and low energy levels 

Blurred vision

Increased thirst and frequent urination

Weight fluctuation

 

When should you call the doctor?

 

If you think you may be at risk for developing diabetes or you have symptoms of diabetes, you should schedule a consultation with your doctor. Diabetes is a condition that is best prevented rather than treated and can prove fatal if left unchecked. It's important to see your primary care doctor so you can be properly diagnosed and treated. With proper treatment, you can manage your diabetes and enjoy a healthy life.

 

FAQs

What is diabetes? 

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect your body's ability to process sugar. Your pancreas produces insulin, which helps convert food into energy and regulate blood glucose levels, but in some cases, this may not be enough or efficient enough to maintain healthy blood sugars.

What are the major types of diabetes?

There are four major types of diabetes, including Type 1 diabetes which is often diagnosed early in life, and gestational diabetes, which is experienced during pregnancy. The most common types of diabetes diagnosed in older adults with no prior history of diabetes include:

  • Type 2 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 diet and a lack of exercise. 
  • Prediabetes -  Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels remain high but not high enough to be considered diabetes.

What complications can diabetes cause? 

If your blood sugar levels remain too high or too low, it can lead to damage throughout your body. High blood sugar levels can damage your nerves, blood vessels, and organs and can lead to premature death. 

Diabetic complications that the diabetic specialists at Greenbrook Medical can diagnose and treat include

  • Diabetic neuropathy - 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 -  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 - 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. 

How is diabetes treated? 

At Greenbrook Medical, our doctors tailor your plans for your individual needs, with a focus on preventing conditions, not just treating them. If you're a Type 2 diabetes patient, your physicians at Greenbrook Medical may first recommend lifestyle and diet modifications that can help make sure the disease is under control. They also prescribe medications if necessary to keep blood sugar levels stable while managing complications of this condition like diabetic neuropathy or kidney damage in some cases -- though the ultimate goal is always prevention! 

When should I get tested for diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that all people with a family history of diabetes or who are at risk for developing type 2 should get tested every year, and those diagnosed need annual checkups as well. If you have symptoms like frequent thirst, excessive hunger pangs, or weight loss despite an appropriate diet, then it’s also important to get checked—a diagnosis can be life-changing!

If you have concerns about diabetes or want to schedule a diabetes consultation, call the Greenbrook Medical office nearest you today or request an appointment online.

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