Diabetes Specialist

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Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Services located in Elkton, MD

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that can impact your health throughout your lifetime. The team at Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists of Elkton, Maryland, offers diabetes care and management for men, women, and children of all ages. To manage your diabetes and prevent severe long-term complications, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that impacts the way your body uses glucose (sugar). Usually, the pancreas produces insulin, which is a hormone that helps transport sugar from your bloodstream into your cells. There the glucose is converted into usable energy to fuel processes in the body. 

With diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin to metabolize glucose, so it builds up in the blood. Commonly referred to as high blood sugar, chronically elevated glucose levels are damaging to the cells, tissues, and systems of the body. 

Diabetes is a chronic disorder, and quality diabetes management by a knowledgeable provider is essential to help you avoid severe long-term complications. 

What are the different types of diabetes? 

There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These conditions differ in how much insulin the body naturally produces and what kind of long-term treatments are typically required.

Type 1 diabetes

With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce any or very minimal insulin. It is necessary to supplement with insulin injections to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Type 1 diabetes is not reversible and doesn't have a cure.

Type 2 diabetes

With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas may produce some insulin, but it is not enough to meet the body's needs to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. In many cases, Type 2 diabetes may be controlled or even reversed with healthy weight maintenance and a proper diet. 

Gestational diabetes is another type of diabetes caused by pregnancy. In most cases, blood sugars regulate without further treatment after childbirth. 

What are the potential complications of diabetes? 

The most common long-term complications of uncontrolled diabetes include: 

  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Stroke and blood clots
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Recurrent infections 
  • Retinopathy, which may cause blindness
  • Neuropathy, which is peripheral nerve damage
  • Kidney disease 
  • Slow or nonhealing wounds 

Your family medicine provider helps you lower your risks for these complications by providing quality services that support your diabetes. 

What services help prevent diabetes complications?

The team at Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists offers services to help you manage your diabetes, including:

  • Physical exams
  • Weight-loss support
  • Diabetic diet counseling
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Medication management
  • Routine diabetes laboratory testing
  • Skin checks and diabetic wound care

If needed, your family medicine provider coordinates your care with other specialists, ensuring you receive the most comprehensive diabetes management possible.

For expert diabetes care, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists today.