Nearly 3 million adults in Texas have diabetes. Proper medical management of your diabetes can help prevent diabetes-related health complications, such as cardiovascular disease. Robert Hernandez, MD, at Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman, Texas, is a primary care physician who takes a preventive and proactive approach to health care and provides diabetes therapy to help you gain control of your disease and improve your overall health. For an appointment, call the office or book online.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose levels, also referred to as blood sugars, are higher than normal. The glucose in your blood serves as the preferred source of fuel for all the cells in your body. The hormone insulin, which is made in your pancreas, assists in getting the sugar from your blood into the cell.
If your blood glucose is elevated, either your body isn’t making enough insulin, or the insulin is malfunctioning. The type of diabetes you have indicates how your insulin is affected. For people with Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas isn’t producing enough or any insulin at all, and for people with Type 2 diabetes, the insulin isn’t able to get the sugar into the cell.
Women can also develop diabetes during pregnancy, which is referred to as gestational diabetes. If you develop gestational diabetes, you’re at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that also increases your risk of developing other issues. Diabetes-related health complications include:
Over time, your elevated blood glucose damages your blood vessels and organs, which is why you’re at greater risk of complications. Taking care of your diabetes and keeping your blood glucose levels within a normal range may reduce your risk of developing these conditions.
Dr. Hernandez and his nurse practitioner, Dacodah LaBarge, take a preventive approach to the management of diabetes.
Diabetes therapy at Primary Medicine of Sherman is a comprehensive program that helps you make lifestyle changes to improve blood glucose and health. To assess your overall health and risk of diabetes-related complications, Dr. Hernandez and his team offer the SmartBeat program, which is a diagnostic tool that assesses cardiovascular health and detects the early signs of diabetic eye damage.
Based on the results of your diagnostic testing, the team develops your diabetes therapy plan, which may include:
If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can significantly improve your blood glucose levels. Primary Medicine of Sherman specializes in medical weight loss and has a medically supervised program that can help you drop the weight safely.
To learn more about diabetes therapy and how it can help you, contact the office by phone or online today.