If you’re one of the more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes, it’s important to participate in routine checkups. Visiting the doctor regularly can alert you to potentially serious complications and improve your quality of life. Music City Primary Care specializes in diabetes care and offers diabetes screenings and treatments. To make an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or use the online booking tool today.

The name “diabetes” refers to a group of diseases that change the way your body processes and uses glucose (sugar). When you have diabetes, your blood glucose level is too high. When left untreated, high blood sugar increases the risk for health complications such as:
  • Kidney damage
  • Glaucoma
  • Nerve damage
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
To prevent complications like this, keep your diabetes under control. What types of diabetes are there? There are several types of diabetes, including: Type 1 diabetes Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that’s often diagnosed during childhood. If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas produces very little insulin or none at all. Type 2 diabetes Type 2 diabetes causes your cells to become insulin resistant, allowing glucose to build up in your bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have an exact known cause, but you’re at a much higher risk if you’re overweight, don’t exercise, are older, and/or have a family history of type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes Prediabetes is the precursor to type 2 diabetes, and it starts the same way. The only difference between the two is the fact that your blood sugar isn’t yet high enough for your condition to be categorized as diabetes. Gestational diabetes Some pregnant women experience temporary diabetes symptoms called gestational diabetes. During pregnancy, the body produces additional hormones, increasing the risk of insulin resistance. Typically, the condition resolves after you give birth.
Treatment of diabetes depends on the type and severity of your symptoms. If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and monitoring your blood sugar levels may be enough to minimize or even reverse the condition. If you have type 1 diabetes or a case of type 2 diabetes that doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments, the team prescribes insulin therapy. Insulin therapy lowers the risk of diabetes-related complications by keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range. To learn more about diabetes treatment, make an appointment at Music City Primary Care by calling the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool.

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