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Family Care

Family Medicine located in Davenport, FL & Poinciana, FL

Diabetes affects over 100 million Americans every year. People struggling with diabetes suffer from a body that doesn't correctly convert blood sugar into energy. At Family Care, Dr. Maria Concepcion and Dr. Retta Skinner, NP help men and women living in Davenport, Florida manage their diabetes, while Dr. Marygold Fernandez serves the Poinciana, Florida community. Get in touch with Family Care by phone or online for comprehensive diabetic care and prevention.

Diabetes Q&A

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are three main types of diabetes. Each one is classified as an autoimmune disorder that both attacks and destroys the healthy cells in your pancreas. While there are three types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational, the first two are the most common.

Type 1 diabetes

People suffering from Type 1 diabetes don’t make enough insulin, or none at all. The body requires insulin to regulate blood sugar levels and to process food. Type 1 diabetes generally affects young adults and children, though not exclusively.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common and affects close to 10% of the population. It occurs when your body doesn’t use the insulin it produces properly enough to move sugar into your cells. Though it’s most frequent in middle-aged and elderly people, it doesn't discriminate against age.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. More often than not, diabetes goes away one the pregnancy is over, though it does make women more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Each type of diabetes has its own set of symptoms. However, the team at Family Care has noticed patterns in how patients react to diabetes. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Vision issues
  • Weight loss
  • Hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Bladder issues
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Slow-healing sores

What are the risks of diabetes?

Diabetes can lead to very severe health complications. The more common risks of diabetes involve kidney, dental, and heart diseases, stroke and nerve damage, vision issues, and dietary complications.

How is diabetes treated?

Your practitioner at Family Care can provide you with two types of treatments.

Type 1 diabetes can be controlled with regular insulin injections or by wearing an insulin pump — which administers insulin into your body throughout the day.  

You can control Type 2 diabetes through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Sometimes, medication might be necessary to ensure the stability of your blood sugar levels.

The team at Family Care makes sure your treatment is individualized and fitted precisely to your need. Diabetes is no minor condition. If left untreated, it could lead to severe, life-threatening conditions.

If you’d like to learn more about the disease and the different treatment options available to you, contact Family Care via phone or online.