An estimated 463 million people have diabetes worldwide today, and it’s particularly common in America. At Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, an experienced team of primary care providers uses the latest evidence-based protocols to diagnose and treat diabetes. They also offer patient education and support to help you prevent diabetes. Call the office or book an appointment with the online booking tool.
Diabetes is a disease in which you have problems with glucose, also called blood sugar. Glucose, which comes from the foods you eat, serves as the main source of energy for your body. It fuels your muscles, brain, and other tissues.
Normally, your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which helps you use glucose for energy. But, if you have diabetes, your natural insulin doesn't work, and your blood sugar levels can rise unchecked.
Uncontrolled high blood sugar causes severe health problems including nerve damage, vision loss, heart disease, and kidney damage. Diabetes sufferers are also more prone to depression, and Type 2 diabetes may be linked to dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
With Type 1 diabetes, which is the rarer form, your body doesn’t make insulin at all. Typically, Type 1 is present in childhood. Fourteen is the average age of diagnosis for Type 1 diabetes, but it can be later. You can’t prevent Type 1 diabetes, but your medical care team can help you manage it.
Up to 95% of those who have diabetes have Type 2, in which your body makes insulin but either doesn't respond to it well or resists using it. In sharp contrast to Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is very much preventable.
Type 2 diabetes occurs mainly in adults who are obese, those who have an unhealthy diet, and those who don’t exercise. The Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. team includes preventive care specialists who can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes through medical weight loss, healthy lifestyle guidance, and other customized support.
Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. offers diabetes management for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. For Type 1, you need insulin, in injection or pump form, to live. You must also check your blood sugar regularly, eat healthy, and exercise.
Your treatment for Type 2 diabetes can vary depending on how long you’ve had the disease and how high your blood sugar level is. The longer you have Type 2 diabetes, the more likely it is that you’ll need insulin replacement. However, if you start living healthy now, you may be able to control the disease without medication or insulin replacement.
If you need diabetes testing, treatment or support, call Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. or click on the online scheduler.