Diabetes Specialist

Advantage Healthcare Specialists

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Lake Zurich, IL & Buffalo Grove, IL

According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, diabetes cases have increased at an alarming rate in recent years. If you live in Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, Arlington Heights, Illinois, or their surrounding suburbs, the team at Advantage Healthcare Specialists offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for diabetes. Finding the right treatment path can vastly improve both your daily quality of life and your long-term health and wellness. Book your visit to Advantage Healthcare Specialists today using the easy online scheduling tool or call the office directly.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease characterized by either too much blood sugar or an inability to make use of those sugars. Every time you eat your body converts most of that food into glucose, which is a type of sugar and a form of stored energy.

In order for your cells to make use of that energy, a hormone called insulin is needed to allow glucose in your blood to enter your cells. There are two primary types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce their own insulin because their immune system mistakenly attacks their pancreas cells. It’s usually diagnosed during childhood or early adulthood. Without treatment, type 1 diabetes is deadly.

Type 2 diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes may not produce enough insulin or are unable to make proper use of the insulin that is produced. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed later in life.

Some women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. The condition usually abates after childbirth but leaves the mother with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes for the rest of her life.

What medical issues can diabetes cause?

When there’s too much glucose in your blood, normal circulatory function is prohibited. Numerous serious health issues can follow, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye health issues
  • Dental problems
  • Foot issues

Managing diabetes is a critical need and requires working with a skilled physician.

How is diabetes treated?

For many patients, insulin therapy is a primary treatment for managing diabetes. Insulin is administered via injections or a special computerized pump. There are five basic types of insulin, categorized according to how long it takes for the effects to kick in and how long the medication lasts.

There is also a rapid-acting inhaled form of insulin that can be taken before meals. Oral insulin and other medications can also help bring your blood sugar levels back to normal. Your treatment path will likely contain multiple medications, which may shift over time as your body responds.

Meal timing, exercise, and nutritional improvements can also help keep diabetes under control. If your blood glucose levels indicate you’re at risk of developing diabetes, significant lifestyle changes can stop the disease from developing.

To find out your blood glucose level or discuss diabetes treatment options, book a visit with  Advantage Healthcare Specialists online or over the phone.