Diabetes

Gilead Primary Care North

Primary Care Practice located in Columbus, OH

Did you know that as many as 30.5 million Americans are living with diabetes, many of whom aren’t even aware they have the disease? At Gilead Primary Care North, diagnosing and treating diabetes is one of many services provided to the men and women of Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about your risk of developing diabetes or begin a new treatment path, schedule a visit today. You can find a convenient appointment time with online scheduling, or you can call the office. Ohio Workers Compensation Provider

Diabetes Q & A

Gilead Primary Care North

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease caused by excess blood sugar, also known as glucose. It’s a serious metabolic disorder that, left untreated, could be life-threatening.

Your body creates glucose from the food you eat. Glucose plays a critical role in fueling cell function. For your cells to make use of that glucose, a hormone called insulin “unlocks” your cells and allows glucose to enter.

People who have diabetes either don’t produce insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or can't produce enough insulin or make proper use of the hormone (Type 2 diabetes).

Besides these types, some women develop diabetes during pregnancy, which is known as gestational diabetes. While gestational diabetes usually goes away after childbirth, the mother carries an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for the rest of her life.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

It’s important to understand that not everyone with diabetes experiences symptoms. When symptoms are present, they include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Gum disease
  • Sensations of numbness or tingling in your feet
  • Bruises or cuts that are slow to heal

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a diagnostic appointment right away.

What problems does diabetes cause?

Diabetes increases your risk of multiple health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Vision loss
  • Dental problems
  • Foot problems
  • Nerve damage    

Diabetes can impact virtually every aspect of your life, which is why it’s so important to seek treatment.

How is diabetes treated?

Customized treatment is the best way to address diabetes. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need insulin supplementation to control your blood sugar.

For patients with Type 2 diabetes, Gilead Primary Care doctors help them develop and maintain healthier lifestyle choices. Embracing a nutritious diet and getting more exercise is a great place to start.

You may need medications to manage some of your symptoms and prevent complications from arising. Monitoring your blood glucose levels is also an essential part of managing diabetes, especially for those who require insulin injections.

Some medications increase your body’s insulin production; others decrease sugar production or absorption. Many people need a combination of medications to control their diabetes.

If you’d like to be screened for diabetes or want to take a new approach to managing your disease, schedule an appointment with Gilead Primary Care North today.