Type 2 diabetes are chronic conditions that rank among the top 10 causes of death in the United States, but proper care and early detection can help you live a happy, healthy life. Tanya Pandya, DO and the caring team at Pandya Medical Center offer treatment for diabetes management for people in Dawson, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and surronding counties at their five office locations in Alpharetta, Braselton, Cumming, Dawsonville and Johns Creek, Georgia. If you or a loved one is at risk of developing diabetes, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Pandya Medical Center today.
What is diabetes?
There are several types of diabetes, all of which affect how your body processes glucose (blood sugar). Glucose supplies your cells with energy and serves as the primary source of fuel for your brain. All types of diabetes involve problems with insulin, the hormone responsible for converting glucose into energy for your cells.
If you have diabetes, it means there’s too much glucose in your blood. If left untreated, this can lead to serious medical problems, including cardiovascular disease and nerve and kidney damage.
What are the different types of diabetes?
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are chronic conditions that require ongoing treatment to control your blood sugar. Less common, reversible types include prediabetes, which may occur before Type 2, and gestational diabetes, which sometimes affects pregnant women.
Type 1 Diabetes
Formerly known as juvenile diabetes, this type makes up only about 5% of total diabetes cases. In Type 1 diabetes, your immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas, leaving you with too few to process glucose.
Type 2 Diabetes
This is the most common type of diabetes. In this type, your body produces insulin but doesn’t use it properly. This leads to a condition called insulin resistance, which may indicate prediabetes. With continued insulin resistance, your glucose levels eventually rise too high.
How do you diagnose and treat diabetes?
The team at Pandya Medical Center practices preventive medicine, which may include screening for diabetes and prediabetes with a simple blood test during your regular checkup. Depending on your age, body mass index (BMI), and medical history, your physician determines whether you’re at risk of developing diabetes.
If you have diabetes, the medical team collaboratively works with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your blood sugar. This may include the following:
- A nutrition consultation with Pandya Medical Center’s registered dietitian
- Advice for lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise
- Monitoring your blood sugar
- Insulin therapy
If you think you may be at risk for diabetes, don’t delay in seeking treatment. Call or click online to book an appointment with the caring team at Pandya Medical Center today.