If you answer “yes” to any of the below questions you may benefit by making an appointment:
- Are you a child with diabetes?
- Are you a teenage girl who is suffering from irregular menses or weight gain?
- Have you been told you are pre-diabetic or diabetic?
- Do you have an elevated fasting blood sugar or hemoglobin A1C?
- Is there a family history of diabetes?
- Do you ever feel light headed either before or after a meal?
- Do you suffer from excessive thirst or urination?
Diabetes can be a silent disease and if improperly treated or ignored during childhood years can lead to devastating outcomes. Prevention is key. Diabetes is categorized as type 1 or type 2. Blood tests in the office, such as fasting blood sugar, hemoglobinA1C, kidney function and liver function tests, etc. can help make a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or diabetes. If you believe you already have been diagnosed with the disorder the doctor will work with you to attempt to decrease your sole dependence on medication by attempting to review and adjust your carbohydrate intake. Lowering your level of carbohydrates can lead to decrease in circulating blood sugar, thus, lowering levels of required supplemental insulin (or other medications).