Diabetes Treatment in Clarkston
Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve been dealing with the disease for most of your life, you can count on the Clarkston Medical Group for compassionate, efficient diabetes treatment and management. If you suspect you or a member of your family might have diabetes, we urge you to call our doctor’s office in Clarkston, MI, immediately for an appointment.
Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to convert the food you eat into glucose for energy. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1, which typically manifests in childhood or early adulthood, and Type 2, which usually comes on later in life and has become far more common in recent years due to the rise in obesity in the U.S. The typical symptoms of diabetes include, but are not limited to:
- Increased thirst
- More frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Increased susceptibility to yeast infections
- Sores or cuts that won’t heal
- Pain or numbness in extremities
- Breath that smells like nail polish remover
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call Clarkston Medical Group for an appointment to be evaluated for diabetes.
Individuals with undiagnosed or improperly treated Type 1 diabetes may also experience unintentional weight loss and extreme nausea and vomiting brought on by a condition called ketoacidosis. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency room near you in Clarkston, MI.
If you suspect you may have diabetes or have experienced one or more of the typical diabetes symptoms, the first step you should take is to call the Clarkston Medical Group. After talking with you about your family history, personal medical history, and immediate symptoms, your physician will recommend one or more of the following tests:
- Fasting plasma glucose test: A measurement of blood glucose after refraining from eating for at least eight hours
- Oral glucose tolerance test: A measurement of blood sugar following an eight-hour fast and consumption of a glucose-containing solution
- Random plasma glucose test: A measurement of blood sugar without regard to when your last meal or beverage was consumed
Should any of the above tests indicate you have diabetes, your doctor may order a zinc transporter 8 autoantibody (ZnT8Ab) test to determine whether you have Type 1 diabetes, but this may not be necessary if you have no previous history of diabetes or other genetic indicators.
Following a definitive diagnosis of diabetes, your Clarkston Medical Group physician will determine which diabetes management protocol you will need to follow. This could include one or a combination of the following approaches:
- Injectable insulin
- Oral insulin
- Dietary changes
- An exercise regimen
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition that requires diligent, vigilant management by the patient. In some but not all cases of Type 2 diabetes, the condition can be reversed with weight loss, dietary modification, or bariatric surgery.
We encourage you to contact our Clarkston, MI, doctor’s office to discuss your diabetes management questions and concerns.
Call today to schedule a diabetes evaluation.