Diabetes afflicts more than 100 million people in the United States. If you’re among them, you need the expert care provided by The DOCS. They help you manage your blood sugar level and care for associated conditions like diabetic feet and neuropathy. Call today to schedule your appointment at one of the two Las Vegas, Nevada, offices or use this website to book.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic conditions that affect your body’s regulation of blood sugar (glucose). When you have diabetes, your blood sugar is higher than it should be. You aren’t producing enough of the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels, or your body doesn’t effectively use the insulin you produce.
When diabetes isn’t managed properly, it can lead to high blood sugar. High glucose levels damage your organs and blood vessels, leading to problems with your kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and feet.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition usually diagnosed in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. Your immune system erroneously attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin.
People with Type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but their bodies don’t effectively use it to move blood sugar in their bloodstream into cells where it’s used as energy. Type 2 diabetes has traditionally shown up in middle-aged and older. But due to our contemporary lifestyle habits, it’s now showing up in younger populations as well.
The providers at The DOCS can run a blood screening to measure your blood sugar level and determine if yours is too high. This test is usually done as part of a routine health screening at your annual physical. It’s especially important if you have certain risk factors like being overweight or obese, are getting older, or have a family history of diabetes.
Not every diabetic has symptoms, especially people with Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms that do suggest diabetes include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at The DOCS right away.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, the providers at The DOCS take you through a program of education, lifestyle design, and technology to manage your symptoms and live a high quality of life. Type 1 diabetics must take insulin daily to control their blood sugar.
Patients with Type 2 diabetes also benefit from lifestyle changes that include dietary changes and more physical activity. Sometimes, the doctors provide medication to manage symptoms and improve insulin usage.
The DOCS team also helps you manage side effects that develop due to diabetes. You benefit from support for peripheral neuropathy and permanent nerve damage that causes persistent tingling sensations and numbness in your feet. Eventually, you lose feeling and can’t detect pain from sores, blisters, or other problems.
If your feet become infected, it can be devastating. Diabetes and the resulting poor circulation make it hard for your feet to heal. Without proper diabetic foot care, you’re at risk of severe infection, gangrene, and possible amputation.
The DOCS providers offer comprehensive diabetic foot care to help you prevent these complications and keep your feet healthy.
Get the care you need for diabetes from the experienced providers at The DOCS. Call today to set up your appointment or use the online tool to schedule.