Diabetes Specialist

Jacinto Medical Group

Family Practice & Neurologists located in Baytown, TX & La Porte, TX

If you’re among the 29 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, access to dependable multispecialty health care is critical. The expert team at Jacinto Medical Group’s endocrinology and diabetes center offers comprehensive diabetes care at their offices in Baytown and La Porte, Texas. For expert care in diabetes management and prevention, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common medical condition that involves problems with the way your body makes or uses the hormone insulin. Without proper levels of insulin, your body can’t use sugar (glucose) so it builds up in your blood.

The two main types of diabetes are:

Type 1

Previously called juvenile diabetes, this type occurs when your body doesn’t produce insulin at all. Type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and teenagers, but adults can develop it as well.

Type 2

This is the most common type of diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, your body produces insufficient amounts of insulin or doesn’t use insulin the way it should.

Another related condition, called prediabetes, occurs when your blood sugar levels are elevated beyond normal but aren’t yet high enough to receive an official diabetes diagnosis. Although prediabetes increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes, the condition is reversible.

The team at Jacinto Medical Group helps you overcome prediabetes with simple lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight with proper nutrition and regular exercise.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes symptoms vary and tend to be minor in the early stages of the disease. Common signs and symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Wounds or sores that heal slowly
  • Recurrent infections
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

Without treatment, diabetes can cause your blood sugar levels to become dangerously high. This can cause extreme symptoms such as vomiting, dehydration, even coma.

How do you manage diabetes?

No cure yet exists for diabetes, but the team Jacinto Medical Group helps you control your condition so you can lead a long, healthy life. Depending on the type of diabetes you have and the severity of your condition, treatment can include:

  • Monitoring your blood sugar
  • Taking insulin or other diabetes medications
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

Diabetes makes you more susceptible to a host of medical conditions, such as nerve damage (neuropathy) and heart disease. Regular checkups at Jacinto Medical Group’s endocrinology and diabetes center are crucial to check for early signs of these problems.

To learn how you can live a healthy life with diabetes, call Jacinto Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.