Diabetes affects over 30 million American adults, with 70 million more diagnosed with prediabetes. At Royal Suntomed Medical Group in San Antonio, Hameed Dosunmu, MD, offers diagnosis, treatment, and prevention services for diabetes. Dr. Dosunmu creates a custom treatment plan to address your needs and help you effectively manage your diabetes following diagnosis. Find out more about available treatment options for diabetes by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body uses the glucose, or sugar, it takes from the foods you eat.
With Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make the hormone insulin, which is necessary to convert sugar into energy. In Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use the insulin it does make efficiently.
As a result, sugar levels in your blood remain high. These increased levels put you at risk of developing serious medical conditions, including heart disease and organ damage.
Prediabetes is also a serious health concern. Having the condition means your blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.
While not everyone with diabetes has symptoms, you may be at increased risk for experiencing symptoms that include:
Uncontrolled sugar levels can also cause you to feel irritable, chronically tired, or have vision problems. Frequent infections are also common in diabetes, especially in the gums and skin.
Dr. Dosunmu uses a simple blood test to evaluate your blood glucose levels. If he confirms you have Type 1 diabetes, you can expect to start insulin therapy right away. You will need insulin daily to stay healthy and keep blood sugars in control.
For prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Dosunmu may initially recommend changes to your lifestyle to lower your blood sugar naturally. These changes may include incorporating more fresh foods into your diet, avoiding sweets, and getting more physical activity in your daily life. Losing weight can also help lower your blood sugar.
If these changes can’t help you manage your blood sugar levels, Dr. Dosunmu may recommend oral or injectable medications. You also need to check your blood sugar levels several times a day to ensure they are within a normal range.
Dr. Dosunmu also schedules routine in-office checkups to monitor your diabetes and your overall health.
Find out more about managing diabetes and prediabetes by calling Royal Suntomed Medical Group or scheduling an appointment with Dr. Dosunmu online today.