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Diabetes – everything you need to know from the doctors at MAXhealth of Sarasota, Florida

Diabetes is one of the most common health concerns that Americans face, affecting nearly 30 million people nationwide. At MAXhealth of Sarasota, Florida, it is one of the most common conditions that patients come to us with.

There are two primary types of diabetes; type 1, in which the pancreas stops producing insulin, and type 2, in which the body processes blood sugar differently than it should. Some individuals also have a condition called prediabetes, in which their blood sugar levels are routinely elevated, but not enough to be considered an official case of type 2 diabetes.

These conditions can cause serious complications if not properly controlled. Many diabetics develop chronic kidney damage, heart damage, eye damage, and even nerve damage (a condition known as diabetic neuropathy) as a result of their elevated blood sugar. The longer a person lives with uncontrolled diabetes, the more serious these complications can become.

That’s not to say that a diabetes diagnosis has to result in these complications. There are a number of effective ways to re-establish healthy blood sugar levels, including:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss (if applicable)
  • Insulin therapy

Because MAXhealth’s Sarasota physicians are highly experienced in helping patients manage both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, we are able to help many individuals take back control of their blood sugar and live their healthiest lives. And, because type 2 diabetes can be prevented, we can also help at-risk individuals take the necessary steps toward reducing their chances of developing the condition. Our team of chronic disease management specialists can make personalized recommendations for lifestyle adjustments and medical therapies to help control the condition, then refine this plan as needed over the course of a patient’s life.

To talk to one of our experienced physicians about long-term diabetes treatment at MAXhealth of Sarasota, FL, contact us today.

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