Do you suspect that you have diabetes, or have you been diagnosed with the disease? We treat men and women in the greater Columbus area with comprehensive care. If you want a new approach to managing this condition, and the many related conditions it can trigger, we can help you improve your quality of life.
Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which your body either can't produce insulin or can't properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone from your pancreas that helps your cells make use of glucose (sugar) to produce energy.
If you have type 1 diabetes, this means that you suffer from an immune system malfunction that prohibits your body from producing insulin. Daily insulin supplementation is required for you to survive. This is typically diagnosed during childhood or early adulthood.
Type 2 diabetes is more common and can develop at any age. People with this type cannot produce enough levels of insulin or have trouble making use of the insulin their body produces. Some pregnant women temporarily develop diabetes during their pregnancy, which is known as gestational diabetes and usually ends once the pregnancy is over.
There are common signs of diabetes that both women and men experience, for example:
- Frequent urination
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Kidney problems
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained fatigue
- Mood swings and irritability
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing wounds
- Skin infections
- Darkening of the skin in areas where your body creases
- Unexplained bad breath
What Causes Diabetes?
Diabetes causes vary, depending on genetic makeup, family history, ethnicity, health, and environmental factors. Because it differs based on these factors, there is no common cause for every case or type.
Managing this condition is critical to staying healthy and active. It's also essential to you avoiding visual impairment, heart attack, or amputation. It can develop very slowly, and that is why routine screenings are so important.
People with diabetes are also at an elevated risk of developing:
- Heart disease
- Dental problems
- Kidney disease
- Nerve damage
- Eye conditions
- Foot issues, including the risk of amputation
Effective management requires more than just meds; lifestyle modifications are also essential. Our treatment begins with a thorough health and lifestyle evaluation. Our doctor then creates a customized treatment plan based specifically on your needs. Depending on your situation, your treatment plan might include tools such as a customized nutrition plan and exercise schedule and techniques needed to reduce stress and manage your cholesterol and blood pressure.
We provide exceptional support and guidance to treat and manage your diabetes in Columbus, Dublin, Westerville or any nearby city in Central Ohio. Schedule an appointment at our medical center for comprehensive diabetic care and a complimentary consultation (614) 254-5783.