Primary Care Practice located in Havre De Grace, MD
Diabetes can be a frightening diagnosis. With potentially serious complications and treatment that requires constant attention, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re learning how your life will change with diabetes. That’s why Louis Silverstein, MD, and his team at Silverstein Medical are committed to providing information and treatment for diabetes in a comfortable, welcoming environment at their office in Havre de Grace, Maryland. If you need treatment, or if you have questions about diabetic care, call the office today or make an appointment online.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that inhibits your body’s ability to process glucose, also called blood sugar. Glucose is an extremely important source of fuel for some of the most vital parts of your body, so diabetes can involve a number of unpleasant symptoms.
Diabetes has two major forms. Type 1 diabetes is largely due to genetics, and many people see this form of diabetes appear early in life. Type 2 diabetes is when your body doesn’t produce enough of the hormone insulin or uses insulin incorrectly, and a number of factors can cause it.
Many people experience a period of insulin resistance before developing type 2 diabetes, a stage known as prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition, but prediabetes is reversible if you commit to certain lifestyle changes. Pregnant women can also develop a temporary form of diabetes called gestational diabetes.
Who gets type 2 diabetes?
While type 1 diabetes is largely genetically determined, the following factors can increase your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Being obese or overweight
- Lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of diabetes
- Having high blood pressure
- Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Pregnant women experiencing gestational diabetes are also at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Diabetes symptoms depend on your blood sugar at the given moment, but they generally include:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Increased hunger
- Healing slowly when you bruise or scrape yourself
- Blurry vision
- Unexplained weight loss
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
If you think you may have diabetes, seek medical attention at Silverstein Medical immediately to make sure and receive proper diabetic care if needed. Undiagnosed diabetes can be dangerous.
What kind of diabetic care does Silverstein Medical offer?
Diabetes treatment at Silverstein Medical usually involves lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise, and insulin therapy, but the specific details of treatment vary from case to case. Through treatment and monitoring their blood sugar, people with diabetes can usually manage their disease effectively.
To learn more about diabetes, or if you’re interested in diabetic care, call Silverstein Medical today or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.