Treating Diabetes With Compassion in Sanford, FL
It can be difficult for patients to know when they have diabetes, especially in the early stages, but the diabetes treatment at Lake Family Medicine & Imaging in Sanford, FL, can help diagnose and treat patients at any stage. The symptoms of diabetes can be subtle at first, and it is very common for patients to overlook the warning signs. The most common symptoms of possible diabetes are fatigue, excessive urination, blurry vision, tingling in hands or feet, and sores that take a long time to heal. More than 34 million Americans live with diabetes, and one-third of adults are prediabetic already. Whatever type of diabetes and its stage, our practice is equipped to treat it with compassion and understanding.
Diagnosing the Exact Type of Diabetes
There are many different types and stages of diabetes, making it challenging to identify for doctors and patients alike. Each type of diabetes has different diagnostic criteria and requires a different method of treatment. The treatment for Type 2 diabetes is very different from the interventions for gestational diabetes. The most common types of diabetes are:
- Prediabetes is identified when a patient has unhealthy blood sugar levels that do not meet the level of Type 2 diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is a disorder where a person’s body cannot produce insulin.
- Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes, occurs when a person’s body cannot use insulin correctly.
- Gestational diabetes is an insulin-use disorder that occurs during the second trimester of some women’s pregnancy, but insulin use typically normalizes after birth.
How Lake Family Medicine & Imaging Treats Diabetes
Treating any type of diabetes must be approached on multiple fronts. Diabetes is a disorder that involves not only your body’s physiology but also lifestyle choices. Any course of treatment that fails to take both into account will be incomplete. Most importantly, the first step to treating diabetes at Lake Family Medicine & Imaging is to diagnose the exact type of diabetes because that will determine what treatment is best. When it comes to treatment, it is always preferable to treat diabetes with lifestyle modifications when possible. So, part of a treatment plan may include controlling one’s diet and increasing physical activity. Other cases, like Type 1 and severe cases of Type 2 diabetes, will require treatment through some form of medication like insulin.