According to statistics compiled by the American Diabetes Association, over 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, including many who are not aware they have the chronic disease. At Suncoast Medical Group in Houston, Texas, internist Onyi Agim, MD, offers excellent diagnostic and treatment services for diabetes and can help you find a path toward improved health. Call Suncoast Medical Group or request an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body is unable to use glucose for energy properly. To understand diabetes, it helps to think about how your body converts food into energy.
Every time you eat, your digestive process converts carbohydrates into glucose, which is also called blood sugar. That glucose travels through your bloodstream to cells throughout your body.
Your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that works to enable glucose to enter through cell walls, where it can be put to use, powering a vast array of cellular functions.
People with diabetes either don’t produce sufficient quantities of insulin or aren’t able to make proper use of the insulin that is produced. That leaves glucose to build up in the bloodstream. If blood sugar is elevated over time, it causes widespread damage throughout your body.
Diabetes places enormous strain on virtually every organ and system in your body. Some of the known health risks that increase when you have diabetes include:
This isn’t a comprehensive list, as diabetes can harm many of your body’s essential organs and systems.
Treating diabetes requires taking action to reduce the amount of glucose in your blood. There are several ways to accomplish that goal, and your practitioner works with you to determine the best course of action.
Medications may play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs help lower the level of glucose your liver produces, while others improve the way you make use of insulin. Some drugs boost insulin production or change the way your digestive system processes carbohydrates.
Supplemental insulin is often used to treat diabetes. Insulin can be administered via injection, a pump, a pen, an inhaler, or even a type of jet injector that uses high pressure to push the insulin into your skin.
Lifestyle modifications are among the most powerful ways to manage diabetes. By taking steps to improve your diet, get more exercise, and reach a healthier weight, you can achieve impressive improvements in your blood sugar readings.
Dr. Agim can work with you to identify meaningful changes you can implement to bring your diabetes under control. As you move forward in treatment, periodic checks of your blood sugar and A1C levels will demonstrate your progress, and your treatment plan may be adjusted accordingly.
Call Suncoast Medical Group to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online today.