Diabetes Specialists

UrgentMed

Urgent Care & Family Medicine located in Davie, FL & Plantation, FL

Do you have diabetes and you’re struggling to stay healthy? If so, come into UrgentMed, with locations in Plantation and Davie, Florida, for guidance and treatment. UrgentMed offers compassionate care when you need it. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or over the phone, or just stop into the walk-in clinic.

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What is diabetes?

The name “diabetes” refers to a group of diseases that change the way your body processes and uses glucose, or sugar. When you have diabetes, your blood glucose level is too high. Eventually, if you don’t treat your diabetes, your high blood sugar can lead to or raise your risk for health complications such as:

  • Kidney damage
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Blindness
  • Foot damage
  • Bacterial and fungal skin infections
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Hearing loss
  • Nerve damage
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

To prevent complications like this, keep your diabetes under control.

What types of diabetes are there?

Diabetes can be chronic, or it can be temporary. Chronic types of diabetes include type one diabetes and type two diabetes. Temporary types include prediabetes and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes has no known cause, though experts believe your risk for it is genetic and may be influenced by environmental factors. Most often, it appears during childhood or adolescence. If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas produces little to no insulin.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your cells become insulin resistant, and your pancreas can’t produce enough insulin to offset this. As a result, glucose builds up in your bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have an exact known cause, but you’re at a much higher risk if you’re overweight, don’t exercise, are older, and/or have a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes

Prediabetes is the precursor to type 2 diabetes, and it starts the same way. The only difference between the two is the fact that your blood sugar isn’t yet high enough for your condition to be categorized as diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

During pregnancy, some women experience temporary diabetes symptoms called gestational diabetes. When your body produces pregnancy hormones, your cells become more resistant to insulin. If your pancreas can’t overcome the deficit, you end up with gestational diabetes. Typically, this disappears after you give birth.

How do I control my diabetes?

To control, prevent, or reverse diabetes, take care to:

  • Lose excess weight
  • Get 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day
  • Eat healthy foods

If you have type 1 diabetes or gestational diabetes, talk to your doctor about what else you can do to stay healthy.

If you need help controlling your diabetes, if you believe you may have developed diabetes, or if your blood sugar is abnormally low or high, come into UrgentCare to get treatment. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone, or just walk in.