Diabetes affects people of all ages and requires ongoing medical management to prevent complications. At Medical Arts Associates P.S. in Bellevue, Washington, the team of medical professionals specializes in diagnosing and treating diabetes. For decades, the team has been providing competent and comprehensive care to the community they serve. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about diabetes care. Telehealth appointments are also available.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Glucose is energy for your body and comes from the food you eat.
When glucose enters your bloodstream, it triggers the release of insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas that gets the glucose from your blood into the cell.
People have diabetes because of problems with insulin. They either don’t make any insulin, or the insulin cannot get the glucose into the cell. How your insulin is affected plays a role in determining diabetes type, which includes:
People with Type 1 diabetes don’t make any insulin and must take insulin injections. This type of diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence.
People with Type 2 diabetes make insulin, but it’s not working as it should. This type of diabetes affects all ages but is most often diagnosed in adults.
Diabetes is a serious illness. When left uncontrolled, the excess glucose in your blood damages your body, putting you at risk of other health issues like heart disease and neuropathy.
Your primary care provider at Medical Arts Associates P.S. runs routine lab work to check your blood glucose levels to screen for diabetes. If your lab work indicates you have high blood glucose, the team may order a hemoglobin A1C (A1C) test to confirm.
The A1C test measures your average glucose level over the past three months. If this number is higher than normal, then you may have diabetes.
How you manage your diabetes at home depends on diabetes type, blood glucose numbers, and related complications. The team at Medical Arts Associates P.S. takes an individualized approach to diabetes management.
Your plan may include:
The health professionals at Medical Arts Associates P.S. teach you about your diabetes, the factors that affect your blood glucose, and what you can do to best manage it at home.
Medical Arts Associates P.S. offers same-day visits and urgent care for unexpected illnesses and injuries.
Call Medical Arts Associates P.S., or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.