Diabetes Management Clinic Questions and Answers
If you have already been diagnosed with a type of diabetes, and are looking for a management clinic in Delray Beach FL, that will help you learn to manage your diabetes and take control of your life again, contact Personal Physician Care today, or book an appointment online.
What is diabetes care management?
Diabetes care management is available to help keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
During your diabetes care management, you will work with our members in our healthcare clinic, these team members may include your doctor, a nurse, a nutritionist, and a pharmacist to help design a care plan that fits you.
What is the main cause of diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can occur when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body can no longer make good use of the insulin it’s producing.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, which acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat each day pass from the bloodstream into the cells and into the body to produce energy.
Not being able to produce insulin or even use it effectively can lead to a rise in glucose levels in the blood. Long-term high glucose levels can lead to damaging the body and failure of various organs and tissues.
What are the six types of diabetes?
There are three types of diabetes that many are mainly diagnosed with, they are:
- Type 1 diabetes
Develops at any age, but mainly occurs in children and adolescents. Type 1 diabetes is when your body produces very little to no insulin, which means you will need daily insulin injections to maintain blood glucose levels and keep them under control.
- Type 2 diabetes
Is the most common type of diabetes and is most common in adults. Your body does not make good use of the insulin it is producing. Treatment normally offered for this is a healthy lifestyle, increased physical activity, and a healthy diet. You may require oral drugs and/or insulin overtime to keep your blood glucose levels under control.
- Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is found in women who are pregnant and have high blood glucose levels, which is associate with complications to both the mother and the child. Gestational diabetes usually disappears after pregnancy, however, women affected as well as their children are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life if they are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Outside of the first 3 main types of diabetes which are type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes, there are also other forms of diabetes which include:
- Type 3 Diabetes – Brain Diabetes
The extra added weight to an individual and the onset of type 2 diabetes can increase an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- LADA – Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults
The pancreas stops producing adequate amounts of insulin due to autoimmune disease and slowly starts to damage the pancreas’s insulin-producing cells. Diet, exercise, and oral medications are usually prescribed but insulin shots will eventually also be needed for treatment.
- Double Diabetes – Type 1 with insulin resistance
Occurs when an individual already has type 1 diabetes and develops a resistance to their insulin medication in a similarity to type 2 diabetes. The pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin to support normal metabolism, but the body also stops responding to the same amount of insulin is used in injections.
What is included in the diabetes management program?
Included in the diabetes management program you will learn to eat healthily, become physically active, monitor your blood sugar levels, take the appropriate medications, problem-solve if you ever run into issues, reduce your risk of other health conditions, cope with the emotional side of diabetes, and improve your health as well as quality of life. Our doctors will be available if you need them, and help to constantly check in with you to review your blood sugar levels and review how everything is going as well as make any necessary changes to your program plan if need be.