Diabetes is a major health concern affecting about 13% of people in the state of Michigan. This chronic condition affects almost every part of your body and requires ongoing medical care and support. Rodney Poling, DO, at MedHealth in Riverview, Michigan, is a family medicine physician who takes a holistic approach to care. When it comes to diabetes, he focuses on your whole health, not your disease or blood glucose numbers. For compassionate diabetes care, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that develops because of problems related to insulin. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas that helps transfer glucose from your blood into every cell in your body.
Glucose, also known as blood sugar, comes from the food you eat and is the main source of energy for your body.
When you have diabetes, you either don’t make any insulin (or very little) or the insulin isn’t working like it should. Without insulin, blood glucose levels rise. Too much glucose in your blood damages your blood vessels, tissues, and organs.
People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing other health problems because of this damage, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and neuropathy.
There are many types of diabetes. However, the three most common types include:
Type 1 diabetes develops when the immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. This type of diabetes most often develops during childhood or adolescence.
People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to keep blood glucose levels under control.
People with Type 2 diabetes make insulin, but it is unable to get the glucose from the bloodstream into the cell. In response to the increasing blood glucose levels, the pancreas releases more insulin.
You can develop Type 2 diabetes at any age, but it most often develops in adults during middle age.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in women during pregnancy. Like Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how insulin works, increasing blood glucose levels.
In most cases, gestational diabetes goes away after the delivery of the baby. However, having gestational diabetes during pregnancy increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Poling takes a comprehensive approach to diabetes management at MedHealth. Your management plan may include:
Dr. Poling works closely with you, developing an individualized treatment plan for your diabetes and overall health.
For expert diabetes care from an experienced physician, call MedHealth or schedule an appointment online today.