Diabetes Specialist

SEACREST MEDICAL GROUP

Geriatrics & Internal Medicine located in Boynton Beach, FL

Diabetes refers to several conditions that affect the way your body metabolizes sugar. At Seacrest Medical Group in Boynton Beach, Florida, Jean Etienne, MD, and his team help patients manage their diabetes and keep their blood sugar levels under control. To speak with the team about your diabetes, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas. Because the pancreas is responsible for insulin production, patients with type 1 diabetes produce very little to none of their own insulin. 

Without enough insulin to convert sugar into energy, glucose remains in the bloodstream, resulting in high blood sugar levels. 

Although typically diagnosed during childhood or adolescence, type 1 diabetes can affect patients of all ages. 

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body resists the effects of insulin or the pancreas can’t produce enough to meet your needs. There are a number of contributors to type 2 diabetes, including obesity, lack of physical activity, and a poor diet. 

Similar to type 1 diabetes, type 2 is a chronic condition that must be managed to avoid serious health complications. 

Pregnancy can also result in high levels of sugar in the blood. This condition is known as gestational diabetes. 

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Increased urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Irritability

Although symptoms occur gradually and may not seem like a reason for alarm, diabetes can affect a number of functions throughout the body. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of:

  • Nerve damage
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye damage

Maintaining your blood sugar levels is essential to avoid serious complications. At Seacrest Medical Group, the team provides effective treatment and management of diabetes. 

How is diabetes treated?

The first step in treating diabetes is addressing the lifestyle factors that may contribute to your abnormal blood sugar levels. The team works with you to develop actionable ways you can improve your health and regulate your blood sugar. 

Patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can benefit from a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Seacrest Medical Group also provides weight-loss management to help patients get their body weight under control. 

The next step is medication. Because patients with type 1 diabetes produce little to no insulin on their own, insulin therapy is required for effective treatment. Seacrest Medical Group provides in-office insulin therapy in the form of pills or injections. Although some patients with type 2 diabetes may require insulin therapy, many patients successfully manage their condition through proper diet and exercise. 

To speak with the team about managing your diabetes, call Seacrest Medical Group today or book an appointment online.