FAQS about Diabetes and its Treatments
By Mid-Cities Direct Care
April 29, 2020
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Find out how we can help you manage your diabetes symptoms for life.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can affect anyone. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, chances are you have a lot of questions about how to manage your blood sugar levels and keep yourself healthy. Turn to your Grapevine, TX primary care physician, Dr. James R. Terry, to find out what diabetic treatment is right for you.

Q. What is diabetes?

A. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to produce insulin, which causes increased glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. If left untreated, this condition can cause serious complications such as blindness, extremity amputation, kidney failure or heart disease. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

Q. What are the symptoms?

A. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to see your family doctor in Grapevine, TX:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Increased hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Vision changes
  • Tingling hands or feet
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Sores that don’t heal quickly

Q. How is diabetes diagnosed?

A. Only your Frederiksted doctor can properly diagnose whether you have diabetes or not. Blood screening is often the best way to check blood sugar levels. If type 1 diabetes is suspected, a urine test may also need to be performed.

Q. What are my treatment options?

A. Your treatment plan will depend on the type of diabetes you have. By changing your diet, incorporating more physical activity into your routine and by maintaining a healthy weight you can help to lessen your symptoms and keep blood sugar levels within a healthier range. We would be happy to talk to you about how much exercise and what kinds of exercises are best for you, as well as what foods you should be consuming and what foods to nix from your diet.

You will also need to monitor your blood sugar levels every day. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes will require insulin therapy. Often insulin is administered through injections but it can also be taken orally. We may also prescribe other medications to help manage your blood sugar levels.

Mid-Cities Direct Care is here to provide quality healthcare to people in the Grapevine, TX area. From hypertension and diabetes to regular checkups, schedule an appointment with us and continue leading a healthier life.