Diabetes Treatment in Plano, TX

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that hinders the body's ability to process blood sugar. When we eat food, it's turned into sugar to use as energy to fuel our bodies. Our pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that helps regulate and distribute sugar to all the cells in our body. When someone has diabetes, their body can't make enough or effectively use the insulin they produce. Diabetes affects adults, teens, and children of all ages and backgrounds. There are several types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to a wide variety of health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, glaucoma, kidney malfunction, and nerve damage. To get tested for diabetes, call Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX to schedule an appointment with seasoned family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan.

What are the causes and Symptoms of Diabetes?

Diabetes can be caused by a wide variety of factors, such as genetics, insulin resistance, or obesity. There are also many factors that can contribute to the development of diabetes, including poor diet, high blood pressure, alcohol abuse, and living a sedentary lifestyle. Generally, the most common symptoms that are associated with diabetes include abnormal hunger, increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme weight loss, fatigue, vision problems, and numbness. It's important to recognize and monitor these symptoms if they develop.

How do you diagnose diabetes?

There are a few ways our practitioners at Nest Family Medicine can diagnose diabetes. The most common method is a blood sugar test, which is done by pricking your finger to get a small sample of blood. The blood is then put on a strip and inserted into a machine that will read your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar level is high, it could be an indication that you have diabetes. Dr. Ranjan may also ask about your medical history, symptoms, and current family history, as diabetes can often be hereditary.

what is the best Treatment for Diabetes?

The first step in treating diabetes is to get tested. This is achieved with a blood test. Once we know if you have type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, Dr. Ranjan can create a custom care plan that is unique to you. Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes, which is why treatment is focused on disease management. The overall goal is to regulate and get blood sugar levels under control. The good news is with proper medical care, the disease is often very manageable. Common therapies often include medication, insulin injections, weight loss programs, and nutritional counseling.

Diabetes treatment FAQs

How important is it to control blood sugar levels?

Controlling blood sugar levels is key to managing diabetes and living a healthy life. Patients can monitor blood sugar levels with a blood glucose meter or test strips. Follow your treatment plan as provided by our practitioners at Nest Family Medicine and contact us if you have trouble controlling your blood sugar.

How often should I see a doctor for my diabetes?

Diabetes is a complex condition. Because many factors influence your blood sugar, managing it on your own can be challenging. The professionals at Nest Family Medicine can create a personalized schedule for appointments that are helpful, not burdensome.

What are the complications of diabetes?

Diabetes can lead to serious problems if not properly controlled. Some common diabetes-related complications include cardiovascular disease and permanent nerve damage. Because chronic high blood sugar levels can lead to serious, even life-threatening complications, we recommend visiting a member of our care team as soon as possible.

how can i get tested for diabetes?

Do you have a family history of diabetes or have noticed troubling symptoms? Call Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX to schedule a health screening today. With a simple blood test, we can check your blood sugar levels to determine whether diabetes is present. We accept a vast range of health plans so please visit our insurance page to learn more.

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