Diabetes Mellitus is a group of disorders that lead to elevated blood sugar or glucose. Diabetes is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorder of the endocrine system. Our endocrinology team members are experts in the clinical management of diabetes mellitus.
Our practice offers self-management including education, clinical and dietary support services help patients manage their diabetes.
Common diabetic symptoms include dizziness, frequent urination and/or urinary tract infections, other infections, increased thirst, blurry vision, extreme fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and wounds that will not heal or heal very slowly. If diabetes is allowed to progress it can affect other organs including the nervous system, the heart, the blood vessels, the kidneys, and the eyes.
Gestational diabetes develops in women during pregnancy as a result of hormonal imbalances in the endocrine system. Certain hormones that are on the rise during pregnancy, including cortisol, estrogen, and human placental lactogen, all interfere with the body’s ability to properly control your blood sugar. When the pancreas fails to adapt to these hormonal shifts, blood sugar levels rise, resulting in gestational diabetes.
First and foremost, diabetes is treated with lifestyle modifications consisting of a controlled carbohydrate intake, and increased protein and fiber consumption. In addition to that, we recommend a regular exercise program that includes both cardiovascular exercises and resistance training to each person’s unique ability. Weight management and stress reduction are also often critical for diabetes control. When lifestyle modification techniques are no longer adequate to control blood sugars, medication is added.
Our team develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on the type of diabetes he/she has, the severity of the disease, the patient’s goals for treatment, and other co-morbidities he/she may have that affect choices of therapy. Medication options include oral medications, injectables, and insulin, and each regimen is customized to the patient’s needs.Request an Appointment