Diabetes

Hallandale Medical Center

Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Center located in Hallandale Beach, Florida

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and an additional 84 million are considered prediabetic. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed or you’re in danger of developing diabetes, the team at Hallandale Medical Center has the experience and expertise to help you better manage your health. To learn more about diabetes and the care you require, call the Hallandale Beach, Florida, office or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a catchall term for any condition in which your body isn’t able to properly regulate the levels of glucose in your blood due to insufficient insulin or insulin resistance.

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that delivers the sugars in your blood to where they need to go and carts off the excess. When you develop a resistance or your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin to begin with, glucose levels build in your blood, which can be dangerous.

There are several types of diabetes, but the two most common are:

Type 2 diabetes

This form of diabetes accounts for most diagnoses and it’s a condition in which your body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or builds up a resistance to insulin.

Type 1 diabetes

This less common form of diabetes stems from a problem with your immune system, which attacks the cells responsible for making insulin, leaving you with little or none of this crucial hormone.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The symptoms of diabetes typically don’t present themselves until the disease is already in full swing, which makes it hard to head off a diagnosis because there are few early warning signs. That said, you should be on the lookout for the following red flags:

  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Wounds that are slow to heal
  • Loss of energy
  • Extreme hunger
  • Blurry vision
  • Weight loss

Again, diabetes usually only makes itself known once the disease has taken hold, which is why the team at Hallandale Medical Center is diligent about monitoring your risk factors, such as carrying extra weight or a family history of the disease.

What complications are associated with diabetes?

The health complications that can develop because of diabetes are serious and include:

  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Vision loss
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney damage

The severity of these complications underscore the importance of having the type of experienced care that Hallandale Medical Center provides.

How is diabetes treated?

Diabetes is a chronic illness that has no cure, but there are plenty of ways the team at Hallandale Medical Center can help you better manage your health, including:

  • Glucose management
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight management
  • Physical activity

In addition to these sound techniques, your doctor checks in with you frequently to watch out for any signs of health complications.

If you’d like to learn more about diabetes care, call Hallandale Medical Center or use the online request tool to set up an appointment.