Summit Primary Care
Family Medicine located in Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Pueblo, CO & La Junta, CO
A diabetes diagnosis can be confusing and scary. At Summit Primary Care in Denver, Colorado Springs, La Junta, and Pueblo, Colorado, the team has years of experience with diabetes management and lifestyle support. They offer comprehensive diabetes treatment and guide you along the path to greater health with a customized treatment plan for you. Call your nearest office or schedule a visit online today.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood — also called high blood sugar. With diabetes, the body is unable to produce or respond to the hormone insulin, causing abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated blood sugar.
Diabetes can be a dangerous, chronic condition. Proper diagnosis and treatment at Summit Primary Care can help you manage your diabetes and prevent complications.
What are the types of diabetes?
The two major types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Formerly called juvenile diabetes, Type 1 occurs when the pancreas produces too little insulin. Type 1 is typically diagnosed in childhood. It may cause weight loss.
Also called diabetes mellitus, Type 2 involves poor metabolism of carbohydrates. It causes high blood sugar, and It may also cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
Closely related, prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar is elevated, though it is not as high as in Type 2 diabetes.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
When have diabetes, you may experience uncomfortable or concerning symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Feeling very thirsty or hungry
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
Since your body is unable to metabolize carbohydrates properly, you may notice symptoms worsen after eating certain foods.
How is diabetes diagnosed?
If the Summit Primary Care team suspects diabetes based on your health history and symptoms, they may order tests, such as an A1c, to diagnose diabetes. Based on your medical evaluation and test results, your doctors will diagnose your condition.
How is diabetes treated?
Diabetes treatment may include prescription insulin, oral medications, and diet and lifestyle advice. Your provider at Summit Primary Care closely monitors your symptoms in order to provide optimal ongoing treatment based on your needs.
If you suspect you have diabetes or require medical attention for your diagnosis, call Summit Primary Care or schedule a visit online today.