Are you suffering from diabetes? You’re not alone, as more than 4 million people in California have diabetes. If you don’t get the proper care you need, your diabetes can lead to more health issues such as kidney disease or peripheral neuropathy. Panorama Urgent Care Family Medicine in Panorama City, California, specializes in diabetes management and can help you get your diabetes under control and reduce your risk of developing complications. To learn more about the diabetes management program, call the office today or request an appointment online.
How can I manage my diabetes?
Panorama Urgent Care Family Medicine can help you get your blood sugar under control with its Diabetes Management Program. This comprehensive, affordable program includes:
- Annual physical
- Regular consultations
- Free glucometer
- Nutrition education
- Annual retinal scan
- Hemoglobin A1C test
Without proper care, the sugar in your blood can damage other body organs and increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and peripheral neuropathy. We can help you manage your diabetes with our program so you can live a healthy and happy life.
You’ll save 50% off the standard cost of these services when you join our Diabetes Management Program. Request an appointment online or call us today.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes your blood sugar (glucose) levels to be higher than normal. The sugar in your blood, which comes from carbohydrate-containing foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk, provides your cells with energy. Insulin, which is made in your pancreas, is a hormone that helps get the sugar into your cells from your bloodstream.
With diabetes, your pancreas may not be able to produce enough insulin, or the insulin isn’t able to properly signal the cell to accept the sugar, so the sugar accumulates in your blood. Diabetes is classified into types based on how your insulin is affected. The types include:
- Type 1 diabetes: Your pancreas isn’t making enough, or any, insulin
- Type 2 diabetes: The insulin you do make isn’t working right
Women can also develop diabetes during pregnancy, which is referred to as gestational diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes develops from an immune disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas.
Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, often develops in people with a family history of diabetes. You may also be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you’re over the age of 45, overweight or obese, or you don’t get enough exercise.
Does diabetes cause symptoms?
Yes, diabetes causes symptoms, but depending on the type of diabetes you have, the symptoms may go unnoticed. In Type 1 diabetes, your symptoms most often emerge very rapidly and severely, while the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes can be so subtle that you might associate them with other causes instead.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme thirst or hunger
- Tingly fingers or toes
- Blurry vision
- Wounds that don’t heal quickly
- Frequent urination, especially at night
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment at Panorama Urgent Care Family Medicine for a comprehensive evaluation. Regular visits to your specialist can help you stay on top of your health and may help prevent you from developing diabetes.