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Kids and adults who exhibit signs of diabetes or have been diagnosed with this pancreatic disorder require long-term medical assistance to effectively manage their symptoms and treatment in order to avoid potentially life-threatening complications.

Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, is the less common form of the disease and is typically diagnosed during childhood. Here, the pancreas does not produce insulin, which is the hormone your body requires to effectively process sugar and other types of food and give you energy.  Conversely, Type 2 diabetes is a much more common disease that is primarily diagnosed in adults and is characterized by the body not producing enough insulin and/or not using insulin properly.  Both types of diabetes require consistent monitoring of glucose levels along with proper nutrition, exercise and weight management to avoid serious complications including damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart and nerves.

Symptoms

  • Blurry Vision
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Need to Urinate
  • Increased Hunger or Thirst
  • Persistent Blisters
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Tingling in the Hands or Feet

Causes and Risk Factors

  • Family History
  • Infection
  • Lack of Physical Activity (Type 2)
  • Obesity (Type 2)
  • Pancreatic Disorders
  • Pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

Diagnostic Tests for Diabetes

  • A1C Test  (Type 2 and pre-diabetes)
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (diabetes and pre-diabetes)
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (diabetes, pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes)

Treatments

  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Exercise and Weight Reduction (Type 2)
  • Insulin Injections and Other Medications
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Regular Glucose Monitoring

At Meadow Pointe Family Practice, diabetic patients young and old receive our assistance with every aspect of their disease so that they can live a long, healthy life doing the things they most enjoy. Our providers have substantial experience in the diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and welcomes the opportunity to help patients with these conditions through medical means, education and nutritional counseling.  If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of diabetes listed above, do not hesitate to contact us at 813.907.8430 or request an appointment via our online form.