Our doctors can treat diabetes patients of any age. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and accounts for 5%-10% of people with diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes usually begin to show symptoms in childhood. The body’s immune system destroys the cells that produce insulin, limiting or eliminating insulin in the body. Cells cannot absorb sugar without insulin, which is necessary to produce energy.
In type 2 diabetes, the body is not able to use insulin correctly, and over time, the body makes less and less insulin. Type 2 diabetes is preventable through a healthy lifestyle, healthy weight, healthy eating, and regular exercise. This preventable form of diabetes accounts for 90%-95% of diabetic cases.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure and is a serious risk factor in heart disease, stroke, and foot or leg amputations.
Diet changes and medications can help control diabetes. Our staff will also go over the risks associated with diabetes such as pregnancy complications, and what the risks are if the disease goes unmanaged.
How can you get tested? Call our office today at (910) 792-1001 to schedule an appointment. Many insurance companies cover the cost of pharmacogenomic testing.