Diabetes is a catch-all term for a number of diseases that affects how you regulate sugar in your blood. Although diabetes needs consistent care, it can also lead to serious health complications, which warrants extra vigilance. At Dodd Family Practice, Angela Dodd, APRN, specializes in helping her patients in Clinton, Arkansas, learn how to manage this chronic disease, with minimal disruption to their lives. If you have diabetes, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Diabetes is not one condition, but rather a term for a number of conditions that affects how your body processes sugar, or glucose, leading to unhealthy levels in your blood. Glucose is your body’s primary source of energy, providing your cells with the fuel they need. To maintain the proper balance of glucose, your body produces insulin to direct your glucose and eliminate what you don’t need.
With diabetes, this balance is thrown off in different ways. To better understand diabetes, it’s helpful to review the two main types of diabetes:
With type 1 diabetes, your body’s immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. This means that your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, and glucose builds up in your blood as a result. People with type 1 diabetes are usually born with the condition.
Type 2 diabetes describes a condition in which your body develops insulin resistance, and you’re unable to produce enough insulin to overcome this deficit. As with type 1, the result is higher-than-normal levels of glucose. Type 2 diabetes is most often linked to obesity.
Whatever type of diabetes you have, the end result is that your blood contains too much glucose, which can lead to a number of medical problems, from cardiovascular issues to nerve and kidney damage.
The most common symptoms of diabetes are:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to get checked out at Dodd Family Practice.
When it comes to diabetes, there’s no magic bullet for curing the condition. What Dodd can do is help you to manage the disease and monitor you closely to prevent some of the more serious complications. To do this, she takes an individualized and multi-pronged approach that usually includes: