Diabetes increases your risk for serious health problems like heart disease, vision loss, and wounds that don’t heal. At Endocrine Help, a web-based practice, Ana Silva, DO, has a personal understanding of the challenges of diabetes, so she knows how to create an individualized treatment. As a virtual concierge provider, Dr. Ana offers comprehensive diabetes care to patients throughout Florida, using online appointments that allow you to choose the length of time you need to talk with the doctor. If you need diabetes management, schedule an appointment online.
What causes diabetes?
Insulin is a hormone that removes excess sugar from your bloodstream. Diabetes occurs when you have a problem with insulin, leading to high blood sugar. However, the three primary types of diabetes each have a different cause:
Type 1 diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that begins when your immune system attacks the pancreas. As a result, the pancreas stops producing insulin.
Type 2 diabetes:
When you have Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas produces insulin but not enough to maintain normal blood sugar levels. You also develop insulin resistance, which prevents your body from using the insulin that’s available.
Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant when hormonal changes affect their body’s ability to use insulin. While their blood sugar usually goes back to normal after delivery, gestational diabetes increases their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes down the road.
What are symptoms of diabetes?
The symptoms caused by all types of diabetes include:
Unexplained weight loss
Women with gestational diabetes may have mild symptoms that go unnoticed. Symptoms appear quickly in Type 1 diabetes and gradually over the years in those with Type 2 diabetes.
What complications can develop from diabetes?
High blood sugar damages small blood vessels and nerves, leading to a range of serious complications. The potential health risks you face from diabetes depend on the type of diabetes you have.
Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause problems for both the mother and baby. Your baby may be born early, be overweight, and have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes may cause high blood pressure in the mother and increase your risk of miscarriage.
Complications from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:
Chronic kidney disease
Foot ulcers that don’t heal
Diabetes doubles your risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who don’t have diabetes.
What is diabetes management?
Diabetes management refers to the steps you take to attain and maintain normal blood sugar levels. Because of her personal experience with gestational diabetes, Dr. Silva is sensitive to the need for creating a customized plan for each person. She also takes advantage of modern technology and newer medications.
Your diabetes management plan may include:
Healthy meal plans
An exercise plan
Help to stop smoking
Insulin or other medications
Continuous glucose monitoring
What is CGM?
Continuous glucose monitoring allows you to keep track of your blood sugar levels without drawing blood. Instead, a small device implanted under your skin measures glucose and transmits the information to a receiver so you can see your levels at any time.
Can I be treated if I have insulin resistance or pre-diabetes?
Yes, having insulin resistance and pre-diabetes means that you are on the path to diabetes. We can delay or reverse your path to diabetes with nutritional support, lifestyle changes, and medication.
If you suffer from insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or diabetes, Dr. Ana offers the help you need through telehealth services, and direct texting options are available. You can easily schedule an appointment at your convenience using the online booking tool.