With over 100 million U.S. men and women living with prediabetes or diabetes today, it’s one of America’s most common health problems — and also a frequent cause of death among patients who don’t get treatment. By working closely with nurse practitioner Robert Martin, APN at Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics in Knoxville, Tennessee, you can control diabetes and prevent it from damaging your health and wellness. Book your appointment online or by phone now.
Diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn't make or process insulin properly. This leaves you unable to metabolize carbohydrates correctly, leading to high blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause a wide range of health problems including nerve damage, hypertension, heart disease, and vision loss.
There are two main types of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes usually starts at birth or in childhood. Type 1 diabetics don't make insulin. This kind of diabetes can't be prevented, but it's very manageable with your medical care provider's help.
Type 2 diabetes, the most frequently occurring variety, usually starts during adulthood, but it can sometimes develop in teenagers or even younger kids. Type 2 diabetics make insulin, but don't process it in the right way. Type 2 diabetes is nearly always preventable. Often, it's directly tied to what you eat and your body weight. By maintaining good health, you can prevent or get rid of type 2 diabetes in many cases.
With both kinds of diabetes, you need to monitor and treat your condition with the help of an experienced medical caregiver like the Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics nurse practitioner, Robert.
Robert may diagnose you with prediabetes if you have elevated blood sugar levels, but the level isn’t as high as it would be in type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes can be a kind of warning sign that you may develop type 2 diabetes if you don’t make some changes in your life now.
The types of changes that can help you prevent type 2 diabetes include losing weight, changing the way you eat, and exercising more. Robert can help you create a plan that works for your needs.
Diabetes treatment depends on what type of diabetes you have, what your symptoms are, and your other health issues. With type 1 diabetes, you need insulin replacement. This usually includes injections or an insulin pump.
With type 2 diabetes, you may only need to change your lifestyle to control your symptoms and prevent diabetes progression. But, if changes like weight loss and healthy eating don’t help, Robert can prescribe a medication such as Metformin® to help.
No matter what your treatment is, commitment to your health is crucial. The Campbell Station Primary Care and Aesthetics team is here to help, so book online or by phone today.