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Diabetes Specialist

Lagniappe Medical Clinic -  - Primary Care Physician

Lagniappe Medical Clinic

Primary Care Physicians & Multi-Specialty Group located in Columbia, SC & West Columbia, SC

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that more and more people are developing thanks to unhealthy habits and poor lifestyle choices. Fortunately, there’s a great deal you can do to reduce your risk and manage your diabetes with the help of the highly knowledgeable medical team from Lagniappe Medical Clinic, serving the populations of Columbia and West Columbia, South Carolina. Call the clinic nearest you today to schedule a diabetes screening, or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes affects many of your bodily systems due to the inability of your body to either make insulin at all, make enough of it, or use it properly.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that plays a vital role in breaking down and using sugars in your diet. If your body can’t produce enough insulin or has a problem using the insulin it makes, it means sugar builds up in your blood to a level that causes serious health problems.

Why would I get diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an immune system dysfunction that results in the destruction of the pancreatic cells that make insulin.

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t make use of the insulin it produces. Type 2 diabetes is typically due to lifestyle factors, such as:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being a smoker
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Not getting enough exercise

Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over 45, and you’re more likely to get type 2 diabetes if other members of your family have it, too.

In the earlier stages, diabetes isn’t that obvious, but over time, you may experience more noticeable symptoms, such as:

  • Feeling constantly thirsty and hungry
  • Being permanently tired
  • Needing to urinate more often
  • Blurring vision
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Tingling sensations in your hands and feet
  • Recurrent infections, particularly skin and yeast infections

Left untreated, diabetes can cause your blood sugar to rise so high that you may find it hard to breathe, feel lightheaded or pass out, have stomach pain, and start vomiting.

What treatments are available for diabetes?

The key treatment for type 2 diabetes is making changes to your lifestyle. Your team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic can help you make these changes by providing support services, such as smoking cessation, nutrition and exercise counseling, and education. They also run a highly successful medical weight-loss course called the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program™

You may need additional medication depending on how severe your diabetes is, plus regular health checks to monitor the complications caused by diabetes, which can include foot problems, peripheral neuropathy, eye problems, kidney and heart problems, and depression.

A simple blood test can accurately assess your blood sugar levels, so to arrange a screening for diabetes, call Lagniappe Medical Clinic today, or book an appointment online.

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