Clover Internal Medicine Associates
Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Fort Worth, TX
Nearly 3 million people in Texas have diabetes. Without proper medical management, diabetes can increase your risk of other health issues, such as heart disease and peripheral neuropathy. The experienced team at Clover Internal Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, specializes in the medical management of diabetes, focusing on lifestyle changes to help you gain control over the chronic condition and improve your health. For expert care of your diabetes, call the office today or book an appointment online.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that causes an increase in glucose, or sugar, in your blood. The glucose, which comes from the food you eat, serves as energy for your cells. Your pancreas produces insulin, a growth hormone, that helps carry the glucose from your blood into the cell.
People who have diabetes either don’t make enough insulin, referred to as Type 1 diabetes, or the insulin isn’t working as it should, referred to as Type 2 diabetes. High levels of sugar in the blood damages the blood vessels and organs and can lead to other health issues, such as:
- Kidney disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Blurry vision
- Heart disease
- Skin conditions such as bacterial or fungal infections
Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes. You may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if it runs in your family, you’re overweight or obese, or you don’t get enough exercise.
What are diabetes symptoms?
Diabetes causes a number of symptoms. However, the severity of your symptoms depends on the type of diabetes you have. With Type 1 diabetes, your symptoms can develop rapidly and be very severe, and with Type 2 diabetes, your symptoms may be so subtle you may not recognize them as a health issue.
Common symptoms of diabetes include:
- Increased urination
- Extreme hunger and thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Tingling in your feet or hands
- Blurry vision
The team at Clover Internal Medicine take a preventive approach to care and conduct health screenings when you come to the office to identify health conditions like diabetes before they turn into serious problems.
If you have concerns about diabetes, call the office and schedule an evaluation so you can get the help you need.
What treatments can help me gain control over my diabetes?
Your specialist at Clover Internal Medicine develops a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your diabetes. Your treatment plan may depend on the severity of your symptoms, the type of diabetes you have, and your lifestyle.
Treatment for diabetes may include:
- Prescription medication
- Diet changes
- Regular exercise
Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be successfully managed when you have the right tools and support. For expert care from a team who take a fresh approach to medicine, call Clover Internal Medicine today or book an appointment online.
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