Diabetes affects just over one in every 10 people. This chronic, lifelong condition requires quality management to prevent serious health complications. The team at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group in Lynwood, California, including family practitioner Jatin Bhatt, MD, and pediatrician Chong Tak, MD, offer diabetes care that includes screenings and treatment you need to live as normal a life as possible with diabetes. Call the office today or use the online tool to request an appointment if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing the disease.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that relates to how your body produces and uses the hormone insulin. When your body doesn’t produce insulin or doesn’t use what you do produce effectively, you cannot effectively shuttle sugar into your cells. You end up with chronically high blood sugar, which damages your blood vessels, internal organs, and nervous system.
Diabetes encompasses a group of conditions, including:
Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in your youth. It’s an autoimmune condition in which your body attacks the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas and thus cannot produce the hormone. People with Type 1 diabetes require insulin to manage their blood sugar levels.
Type 2 diabetes typically develops in middle age or when you’re older, though an increasing number of young people are suffering from the condition. With Type 2 diabetes, your body is unable to produce enough insulin or doesn’t use the insulin you produce effectively.
About 88 million people, or one in three adults, have a condition known as prediabetes. This condition means you have elevated blood sugar levels, but they’re not quite high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. It’s important to treat prediabetes to prevent the development of the full-blown disease.
People with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes don’t always show symptoms. This is why you should get regular blood sugar checks at annual physicals.
When symptoms do arise (often with Type 1 diabetes), they include:
People who have Type 1 diabetes may notice these symptoms come on quickly. You should make an appointment at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group right away.
Even if you have no symptoms, certain factors mean you may be at risk of developing the condition. Dr. Bhatt will suggest a simple blood sugar test as a part of a routine physical or if you have a family history of the disease, are overweight, or follow a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
Diabetes is a chronic, lifelong condition and can’t be cured. Quality care means you can minimize symptoms, manage your blood sugar levels, and live a normal life.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you require daily insulin therapy to regulate your blood sugar levels. Dr. Bhatt may prescribe regular injections or provide you with an insulin pump.
People with Type 2 diabetes benefit from lifestyle and dietary changes to help manage their blood sugar levels as naturally as possible.
Dr. Bhatt may also prescribe oral medications that help normalize blood sugar levels. If you have prediabetes, lifestyle changes are essential to prevent the disease from fully developing.
To get the diabetes care you need to manage your disease, call St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group or use the online tool to request an appointment today.