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Diabetes

Lake Family Medicine & Imaging -  - Family Medicine Physician

Lake Family Medicine & Imaging

Family Medicine Physician & Diagnostic Imaging located in Sanford, FL

Over 34 million Americans have diabetes, and a third of adults have prediabetes. If you’re concerned about diabetes, Raj Kandavanam, MD, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for the disease at Lake Family Medicine & Imaging in Sanford, Florida. Call the practice to schedule a consultation today for state-of-the-art testing and personalized treatment plans to improve and protect your health.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases that disrupt the way your body converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy. There are several types of diabetes: 

Prediabetes

Prediabetes occurs when you have elevated blood sugar levels but you don’t meet the diagnostic criteria for Type 2 diabetes. 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce insulin. Medical experts believe it’s due to an autoimmune disorder that attacks the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it typically emerges during childhood. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body doesn’t use insulin correctly. Type 2 diabetes is primarily caused by an unhealthy diet and obesity, although a family history of the disease also contributes to your risk. Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of the disease. 

Gestational diabetes

Some women develop gestational diabetes during their second trimester of pregnancy. The placenta produces a hormone that can interfere with insulin use. While gestational diabetes typically goes away soon after childbirth, it can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later. 


What are the warning signs of diabetes?

In most cases, prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes don’t cause symptoms, especially in their early stages. However, as your condition progresses or if you have Type 1 diabetes, you might experience symptoms like:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness in your feet or hands
  • Non-healing sores

Type 1 diabetes can also cause unexplained weight loss.  


How do you treat diabetes?

At Lake Family Medicine & Imaging, Dr. Kandavanam completes extensive diagnostic testing to confirm that you have diabetes and identify the type. Once he understands your condition, he creates a personalized treatment program to restore your health.

If you have prediabetes or early-stage Type 2 diabetes, you might be able to control your condition with lifestyle modifications. Many patients can maintain their glucose levels and health by adjusting their diets, exercising daily, and losing weight.

If you have Type 1 diabetes or advanced Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Kandavanam might prescribe medication such as insulin to help your body convert glucose to energy and keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Medication management is often a critical part of diabetes treatment.

Call Lake Family Medicine & Imaging today for expert diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.