Medical Associates of North Texas
Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Fort Worth, TX
Diabetes affects over 11% of the Texas adult population, and without proper care, the disease can lead to serious complications. For a reliable partner in managing your diabetes, trust the expert team at Medical Associates of North Texas in Fort Worth, Texas. If you have symptoms that suggest diabetes, or if you have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, make an appointment for a screening and to set up diabetes management support. Call the office and speak with the friendly administrative team or schedule a visit online.
Diabetes Management Q&A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects how your body processes sugar, or glucose, from the food you eat.
When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce the hormone insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to properly shuttle glucose from your bloodstream into your cells. Having too much sugar in your bloodstream can cause long-term damage to your body.
There are different types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition usually diagnosed in youth or early adulthood. Your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the cells that produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes usually develops in middle or older age. It occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to effectively move sugar into cells. It can result from lifestyle choices, such as poor diet and lack of exercise.
Prediabetes is a condition diagnosed when your blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough for a full-blown diagnosis. Most people with prediabetes develop Type 2 diabetes if they don’t seek proper management.
What complications can result due to diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition with no cure. While many people with diabetes successfully manage their condition, they do so with the help of a skilled doctor who looks out for their well-being and intervenes early at the first signs of potential complications.
People with diabetes are at risk of:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
- Eye problems (diabetic retinopathy)
- Foot problems
Diabetes even puts you at greater risk of gum disease and other oral health issues.
Medical Associates of North Texas helps you properly manage your diabetes so your risk of serious complications and long-term disability is reduced.
What are the ways in which diabetes is managed?
At Medical Associates of North Texas, your diabetes management plan is customized for you. Treatment may include:
- Insulin therapy
- Smoking cessation
- Recommendations for proper nutrition and exercise
- Weight loss or management
The team has you come in for regular blood sugar checks in addition to those you perform at home. Management also means regularly evaluating your care plan and making adjustments as your health and lifestyle change.
Call the office or make an appointment online to learn more about diabetes management today.
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