More than 34 million people in the United States have diabetes. When left untreated, diabetes can lead to other health problems. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, is a full-service primary care practice that specializes in diagnosing and treating diabetes. The highly skilled team of health providers includes podiatrists that provide diabetic foot care and cardiologists who manage heart and blood vessel health. For comprehensive diabetes care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.
Diabetes Q & A
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that causes higher than normal blood sugar, also known as glucose, levels.
The glucose in your blood comes from the food you eat and serves as the main source of energy for all the cells in your body. The hormone insulin, which your pancreas makes, helps get the glucose from your bloodstream into the cells.
Diabetes develops because of problems involving insulin production or function. Over time, too much glucose in your blood damages your blood vessels and organs, leading to other health problems like heart disease or neuropathy.
There are many types of diabetes. The most common include:
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t make any insulin. That type of diabetes may develop at any age, but it most often appears during childhood or adolescents.
Type 2 diabetes
People with Type 2 diabetes make insulin, but it doesn’t work as it should. Your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases as you get older, though it may develop at any age.
You may receive a prediabetes diagnosis, which means your glucose levels are high but not high enough for Type 2 diabetes yet. Prediabetes is reversible.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in women during pregnancy and goes away after the baby is born. However, women who have gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on.
The team at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care takes an integrated approach to diabetes care. They work closely with you to design a plan that helps keep your blood glucose numbers in control.
Your diabetes treatment plan may include:
- Oral hypoglycemic medication
- Insulin injections (necessary for Type 1 diabetes)
- Healthy eating plan
- Personalized exercise program
- Cardiology care
- Podiatry care
- Weight loss
Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care has a podiatrist on staff for diabetic foot care. Diabetes affects circulation and sensation in your feet, which impairs wound healing, increasing your risk of developing an infection that might require amputation.
With diabetic foot care at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care, the podiatrist takes care of your feet to prevent more serious health complications.
For comprehensive diabetes care, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today.