Diabetes

Visalia Laser and Skin

Medical Spa located in Visalia, CA

The symptoms of diabetes are so subtle, they often go undiagnosed. If you experience excessive thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, or blurry vision, schedule a screening for diabetes right away. The providers offer effective diabetes management at the Visalia, California, clinic. Contact Visalia Laser and Skin online or over the phone to schedule your screening.

Diabetes Q & A

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disorder that causes your blood glucose levels to remain at a level that is too high because your body doesn’t produce or use insulin correctly. Insulin helps transport the glucose from the food you eat into the cells.

The three different types of diabetes are defined by the type of insulin response they create in your body.

Type 1 diabetes

Your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, so you need to administer it with injections or an insulin pump. Type 1 diabetes is commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes because you usually receive this diagnosis during childhood.

Type 2 diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or process it efficiently. This is the most common type of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes appears during pregnancy and usually goes away after the birth. The hormones produced by the placenta interfere with insulin processing, causing high blood sugar levels.

How do you diagnose diabetes?

Blood tests are the best way to diagnose diabetes. The provider uses the fasting plasma glucose test and A1C test to make their diagnosis.

The fasting plasma glucose test detects your blood glucose levels at the time of testing. You must fast for eight hours or more before this blood draw, and elevated levels could indicate you have diabetes.

The A1C blood test reveals information about your average blood glucose levels over the last three months. If your levels are consistently high, you may have diabetes.

How do you treat diabetes?

Diabetes treatment involves lifestyle adjustments, medication, and insulin therapy.

Lifestyle adjustments

The provider stresses the importance of lifestyle adjustments for diabetes management. Some women, men, and children can control their diabetes with a healthy diet and exercise.

They may also ask you to record your blood sugar levels with a glucose monitor. This small device gauges your body’s reaction to certain foods and habits.

Medication

If diet and exercise don’t control your diabetes, you may need medication to help your body process the insulin. The provider works closely with you to find the best regimen to keep your blood glucose levels in a healthy range.

Insulin therapy

If you have type 1 diabetes, you may need to supply your body with the insulin it’s missing. The provider recommends insulin injections or an insulin pump to deliver insulin to your system.

When you’re looking for a knowledgeable and friendly primary care doctor to help you manage your diabetes, contact Visalia Laser and Skin online or over the phone for convenient scheduling.