Diabetes

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NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta report that over 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes — and that number is climbing. NY Family Docs offers their patients dedicated, personalized diabetes management at their offices throughout Brooklyn and Queens, including Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and Williamsburg, New York, for the dedicated diabetes care you deserve. Call NY Family Docs or schedule your appointment online to get started.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition in which your body can’t properly convert the sugar in your blood to energy. When you eat, your body moves sugar into your bloodstream to serve as a source of energy. Your body uses a hormone called insulin to convert that blood sugar, also called blood glucose, into energy for your cells.

Diabetes prevents that conversion of glucose to energy. And, as a result, sugar accumulates in the bloodstream. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including:

  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased susceptibility to infections

What are the main types of diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. For both types, the blood glucose accumulation in the bloodstream stems from a problem with insulin.

Type 1 diabetes

For people with Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing cells. As a result, the individual doesn’t have sufficient insulin to convert blood glucose to energy.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed before the individual reaches adulthood.

Type 2 diabetes

The more common type of diabetes, Type 2, usually develops later in life. Over time, the body’s cells can become resistant to insulin. The body tries to create more insulin to sufficiently convert blood glucose, but it’s unable to overcome the body’s resistance.

You can also be diagnosed with prediabetes. This means your blood sugar levels are high but have not yet reached the diabetic level.

How is diabetes treated?

Diabetes is very treatable. In addition to insulin therapy as needed, a key component of managing your diabetes is adopting a healthy lifestyle. NY Family Docs offers a dedicated diabetes management program with one-on-one coaching to help you do exactly that.

A healthy diet and regular exercise keep your blood sugar levels as low as possible so you can minimize the other treatments necessary to manage your diabetes. These lifestyle changes can significantly shrink the way diabetes affects the quality of your life.

The team at NY Family Docs tailors your diabetes management program and the accompanying lifestyle changes so it will be sustainable and effective for your specific body.

NY Family Docs offers their diabetes management program to help you live healthily with diabetes. To find the best treatment plan for you, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.