More than 30 million American children and adults are impacted by diabetes. At Ausi Medical Center in Troy, Michigan, experienced internal medicine physician, Raad Ausi, MD, provides comprehensive diabetes care. Starting with on-site blood work and continuing with a long-term treatment plan, Dr. Ausi focuses on protecting your health from diabetes-related complications, like nerve damage and organ failure. If you have a family history of diabetes or need help managing your existing condition, schedule a consultation at Ausi Medical Center by phone or by using the online booking feature.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body uses the sugar it takes from your diet for energy. In a healthy body, the hormone insulin is necessary to control sugar levels in your blood, converting sugar into the energy you need to function properly.
When you have diabetes, this process doesn’t work as it should, resulting in chronically high levels of sugar in your blood. The four types of diabetes include:
Type 1 diabetes results when the pancreas isn’t able to produce the insulin needed to control blood sugar. This type of diabetes is commonly diagnosed in childhood but can also develop in adulthood, requiring daily treatment for life.
Type 2 diabetes is often a side effect of poor dietary choices and a lack of physical activity. The body isn’t producing enough insulin or isn’t using the insulin it does make properly, resulting in high sugar levels in the blood.
Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels remain high but not high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Without treatment, prediabetes can evolve into Type 2 diabetes and increases your risk for chronic health complications, like heart disease and permanent nerve damage.
Gestational diabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels remain high throughout a pregnancy. Women may develop gestational diabetes at any point in their pregnancy and the condition often resolves on its own after childbirth.
Any symptoms of diabetes, such as increased hunger or thirst or unexplained weight loss, can be evaluated through on-site blood work at Ausi Medical Center. Dr. Ausi reviews your blood sugar levels to determine if your symptoms relate to diabetes or other underlying health condition.
You should also receive routine blood screenings if you have a family history of diabetes. These routine tests allow Dr. Ausi the opportunity to identify prediabetes and other warning signs as early as possible, so treatment can be more effective.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need daily insulin therapy to control your blood sugar levels. Dr. Ausi also provides resources and guidance for frequent at-home blood checks throughout each day and requests routine in-office visits to ensure your diabetes is properly managed.
The initial treatment for Type 2 diabetes is often modifications to your diet and physical activity to lower your blood sugars naturally. These changes can also help you lose weight and prevent prediabetes from progressing into Type 2 diabetes.
If diet and exercise aren’t enough to control diabetes, you may also need medications and follow through with routine blood sugar checks at home.
If you need comprehensive diabetes care, schedule a consultation today at Ausi Medical Center by phone or by using the online booking feature.