When you eat, your body breaks food down into the nutrients you need – carbohydrates (including sugar), proteins, fats and vitamins. The pancreas, one of the major organs in your body, is essential to this breakdown process. It secretes a hormone called insulin, which helps convert sugar (glucose) into the energy your body needs to function. Diabetes is when your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes and too much glucose collects in your blood.
At Agape Family Medical Center, we diagnose and treat all types of diabetes in children and adults including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes, high blood sugar, called hyperglycemia, and low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia.
No matter your condition, we offer the services you’ll need to manage it:
• Blood sugar testing
• Care for wounds and other complications
• Diabetes self-management classes and support groups
• Insulin pump management
• Medical management
Diabetes is a complex disease, but you don’t have to fight it alone. We’re with you every step of the way.
Whether you were recently diagnosed, have lived with diabetes for years or had a complication or change in condition, we can help.
You’re the most important member of your health care team when it comes to managing your diabetes to avoid complications. If you have diabetes, you need to take good care of yourself – 24 hours a day. But we’ll be here to get you started and to provide guidance and support along the way.
5 tips to help manage your diabetes:
There are 4 main types of diabetes:
Sometimes, the pancreas does not produce insulin, and the result is type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes usually develops in children and young adults.
When the body cannot make enough insulin or the insulin isn’t used correctly (insulin resistance), type 2 diabetes results.
This form of diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy.
When blood tests show an increase in blood glucose that indicates a risk for diabetes.