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What is Diabetes?

A condition caused by the insufficient or ineffective hormone insulin. Insulin is like a key that unlocks the door for glucose (blood sugar) to get into specific cells to make and store energy. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to several complications, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (decreased blood flow and blood clots in the legs/arms)
  • Retinopathy (vision problems including blindness)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (nerve problem) can lead or loss of sensation and infection, amputation.
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin changes include hair loss, darkened skin, swelling.

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    Types of Diabetes we treat

    Type 1 Diabetes is when your pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone our body needs to maintain proper blood sugar levels. Also called insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, it usually develops in children, teens, and young adults but can happen at any age.

    Type 2 Diabetes is an impairment in how the body regulates and uses sugar (glucose) as a fuel. This long-term (chronic) condition results in too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream. Eventually, high blood sugar levels can lead to circulatory, nervous, and immune systems disorders.

    Gestational Diabetes occurs when your body can’t make enough insulin during pregnancy.

    Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that acts like a key to let blood sugar into the cells in your body for use as energy.

    Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than usual but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

    It happens when the insulin in your body doesn’t work as well as it should. Insulin helps the cells in your body use glucose from your blood. When the insulin doesn’t work correctly, too much glucose builds up in your blood.

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