Diabetes is a condition that requires careful management to reduce the likelihood of developing serious, potentially life-threatening complications. If you have diabetes or you haven’t had a screening test for diabetes recently, Ochuele Odumosu, MD, Oluwaseun Odumosu, MD, and the team at Vine Family Medicine in Keller, Texas, can help. They provide simple onsite blood testing for diabetes and can help you both prevent and manage diabetes for a healthier, longer life. Call Vine Family Medicine to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is an endocrine disorder, which means a problem with hormone production is the cause.
The endocrine system consists of various glands around your body that secrete chemical messengers called hormones. Your pancreas is a gland that produces the hormone insulin. Insulin’s role is to help your body regulate glucose (sugar) levels in your blood.
If your pancreas can’t produce any insulin, it causes type 1 diabetes. This occurs because your immune system mistakenly targets the cells in your pancreas that make insulin and destroys them.
People who have type 1 diabetes more often than not develop it when they’re young. It’s incurable and unpreventable, but you can lead a long, healthy life with daily insulin treatment.
Type 1 diabetes is more uncommon than type 2 diabetes, which is preventable.
You’re most likely to get type 2 diabetes from being overweight or obese. Excess body weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes, with other risk factors being:
You can’t do a great deal about getting older or having a family history of diabetes, but you can control all the other risk factors for diabetes. If you’re struggling with weight loss or need help with eating a healthier diet, reducing the quantity of alcohol you drink, and exercising safely, Vine Family Medicine can help.
Diabetes is a disease that causes numerous complications. These include:
These are serious, painful, and, in some cases, potentially life-threatening conditions. The Vine Family Medicine team excels in motivating patients to make lifestyle changes that can prevent these complications.
Losing weight is key to reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and minimizing the risk of complications. If you need support with losing weight healthily and sustainably, Vine Family Medicine provides medically managed weight loss programs to help you succeed.
Changing your diet so you eat less fat and sugar and more fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber, and whole foods, is also essential in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. For many people, these measures are enough, but some patients might also need medication as well. Your Vine Family Medicine provider also helps you learn how to measure your blood glucose and keep it under control.
Find out more about preventing diabetes and managing it successfully, or arrange a simple diabetes screening test by calling Vine Family Medicine or booking an appointment online today.