More than 30 million Americans live with diabetes, many of whom aren’t formally diagnosed. For those in and around Morrow, Georgia, the care of Antony Labady, MD, at SunSouth Medical Center is a valuable resource in improving diabetes and preventing further health complications. Schedule your visit today with a quick phone call or a few moments on the online booking page.
The best way to understand diabetes is to think about how your body converts food into energy. Each time you eat, a portion of the carbohydrates you consume is converted into glucose, a form of sugar.
Glucose travels through your bloodstream to all areas of your body, where a hormone called insulin helps the glucose enter your cells. Insulin is produced in your pancreas. Without it, the glucose in your bloodstream cannot pass through cell walls.
There are different types of diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your pancreas, preventing proper insulin production.
People with type 2 diabetes can still produce insulin, but not in sufficient levels. They might also be unable to make proper use of the insulin that’s produced. There are less common types of diabetes, such as gestational diabetes, that also lead to high levels of blood sugar.
Diabetes places enormous strain on virtually all areas of your body. Some of the health risks associated with diabetes include:
If you have diabetes, getting your blood sugar under control at SunSouth Medical Center should be a top priority.
There are many ways to treat diabetes and a combination of treatments is often the best approach. Supplemental insulin is one common approach, and is necessary for those with type 1 diabetes. Insulin can be administered via injections, a pump, pen, inhaler, or even an injection port.
Medications might also be part of your treatment plan. Some drugs boost insulin production, while others help your body use insulin more effectively.
Lifestyle modifications can be a great way to treat diabetes. Even better, making positive changes like losing weight or getting more exercise can help you feel better in all areas of health and wellness. SunSouth Medical Center helps you create a customized plan and identify areas where you can make meaningful sustainable changes.
The process begins with a comprehensive medical exam, including blood work to learn more about your glucose levels.
For expert diabetes treatment, call SunSouth Medical Center or book an appointment online today.