When you have diabetes, you need expert care to help you control your blood glucose levels and prevent complications. The team at Austin Medical Group in Austin, Texas, offer diabetes management services that help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle while living with diabetes. If you need help managing your diabetes, call Austin Medical Group or book an appointment online.
Diabetes Management Q & A
What is diabetes?
Insulin is an endocrine hormone made in the pancreas. When your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body doesn’t use its insulin correctly, your blood sugar isn’t regulated correctly, causing diabetes.
There are several types of diabetes, including:
- Type 1: your body makes little to no insulin, daily injections are required
- Type 2: often associated with obesity, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t process insulin properly
- Gestational: blood sugar issues develop during pregnancy, typically resolving after childbirth
There isn’t a cure for diabetes, but it can be managed to reduce the risk of other serious health conditions or complications.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
It’s possible to have diabetes without having any symptoms. If you think you have diabetes or have a family history of the disease, speak with your Austin Medical Group physician.
Common diabetes symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Increased appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
- Itchy skin and dry mouth
- Increased thirst and urination
- Pain or numbness in feet or legs
Additional symptoms include taking a longer time to heal from injuries and frequent yeast infections.
What are the risks of unmanaged diabetes?
When you don’t manage your blood glucose levels, health complications can arise. The longer you have uncontrolled blood sugar, the higher your risks. Complications that can result from unmanaged diabetes include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Impaired hearing
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
- Poor circulation
When you have diabetes, you’re also more vulnerable to skin problems like fungal and bacterial infections.
What is diabetes management?
The professional team at Austin Medical Group helps you manage your diabetes by providing a personalized and total-body treatment plan, no matter what issue brings you to see them.
Your diabetes management strategy might include:
- Glucose monitoring strategies
- Diet and exercise counseling
Call or book an appointment online to learn more about diabetes management.