It’s estimated that almost 9% of Americans now have diabetes and many are undiagnosed. At Treken Primary Care in Atlanta, Georgia, the dedicated medical care team can diagnose and monitor diabetes. They’re also ready to help you tightly control your condition with a customized multi-pronged approach including exercise, nutrition, and medication — if it’s needed. Call the office or use online booking to make your appointment now.
Diabetes is a condition in which your blood glucose (also known as blood sugar) level is too high. The pancreas makes insulin, a hormone that helps shuttle the glucose from your bloodstream into your cells, where it can be used for energy.
But when you have diabetes, you either don’t make insulin or your body can’t effectively use the insulin you do have. That leads to glucose accumulating in your bloodstream instead of being transported into your cells.
Type 1 diabetes is typically present from an early age — usually childhood and less commonly young adulthood. If you have Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin. Although you can’t prevent Type 1 diabetes, you can manage it effectively if you work closely with your Treken Primary Care providers.
Type 2 diabetes, the type that affects 90-95% of diabetes sufferers, can develop at any age but generally starts in adulthood. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas produces insulin but it’s either not enough insulin or your body doesn’t use it properly.
If your blood sugar levels indicate that you’re prediabetic, you can prevent the development of full-blown Type 2 diabetes by making positive lifestyle changes.
Prediabetes means you have high blood glucose, but it’s not at a high enough level to diagnose diabetes. Prediabetes risk factors include:
Being African American, Latin American, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Native American also puts you at a higher risk for developing diabetes.
If you have prediabetes, your Treken Primary Care team can help you make lifestyle changes to avoid having your condition progress to diabetes.
Diabetes treatment is customized for you, and usually, a combination approach works best. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need insulin through injections or an insulin pump. If you suffer from Type 2 diabetes, you might not need medication and may be able to manage your blood sugar with diet. But some Type 2 diabetes sufferers do need oral medication or insulin.
With both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, it’s very important to control the factors that you can. Your Treken Primary Care providers can help you with improved nutrition, an exercise program, and weight loss, if needed. By taking charge of your health now, you can enjoy a long life, even if you have diabetes.
Book your appointment for diabetes management at Treken Primary Care now using the online scheduler or by calling the office.