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Partners In Family Health

Family Medicine located in York, PA

More than 1 million adults in Pennsylvania have diabetes. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to more serious health problems such as heart and kidney disease. The experienced and skilled team at Partners in Family Health in York, Pennsylvania takes a personalized approach to care and develops individualized plans to help you manage your diabetes and your health. Call today or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition in which your blood sugar levels are too high. When you eat certain types of foods, those that have carbohydrates, such as bread, fruit, and milk, your body breaks them down and turns them into glucose, or sugar, which your body uses as a source of energy.

Under normal circumstances, the hormone insulin helps get the sugar in your blood into your cells to supply the energy. If you have diabetes, however, your body can’t get the sugar into the cells because you’re either not making enough insulin or the insulin isn’t working properly.

What are the types of diabetes?

The types of diabetes include:

  • Type 1 diabetes: Body isn’t making insulin, occurs most often in children and teens
  • Type 2 diabetes: Insulin can’t get the sugar into the cells, most often occurs in adults
  • Gestational diabetes: High blood sugar during pregnancy

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. Carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

How do I know if I have diabetes?

Symptoms that may indicate you have diabetes include:

  • Rapid and unexplained weight loss
  • Intense hunger and thirst
  • Tingling in your hands or feet
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Feeling tired
  • Wounds or bruises slow to heal
  • Blurry vision

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, schedule an appointment so the team at Partners in Family Health can check your blood sugar and give you a physical examination.

How can I manage my diabetes?

The team at Partners in Family Health develops a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your diabetes, which includes:

  • Healthy eating plan
  • Prescription for exercise
  • Medication

The goal of diabetes management is to get your blood sugar under control. If you’re overweight, losing weight may improve your blood sugar levels.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a medical condition where your blood sugars are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. If you have prediabetes, you may be able to prevent it from escalating into diabetes by:

  • Losing weight if you’re overweight or obese
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Making exercise a part of your daily routine

Whether you have diabetes or concerns about it, the team at Partners in Family Health can help. Call today or book an appointment online.