Diabetes

AMG Medical

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Tucson, AZ

Many patients at risk for diabetes don’t take the problem seriously until they learn that diabetes ranks in the top 10 causes of death in the United States. Gerald Morris, MD, MPH, and Amanda Bacchus-Morris, MD, MPH, at AMG Medical work closely with each patient, making sure they have the treatment and support needed to manage their diabetes and stay healthy for the long run. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call the office in Tucson, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

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What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes arises from two problems related to insulin:

  • Type 1 diabetes: an autoimmune disorder damages your pancreas so it can’t produce insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes: genetic tendency and lifestyle factors lead to insulin resistance (inability to use insulin)

 

Although both types can occur at any age, Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and adolescents, while Type 2 typically appears in adulthood.

When you don’t have enough insulin, or can’t use the insulin you have, your blood sugar increases beyond healthy levels. Over time, high blood sugar damages small blood vessels, which raises your risk for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision loss.

What symptoms will I develop if I have diabetes?

The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes often appear quickly. With Type 2 diabetes, symptoms develop gradually over the years. Both types of diabetes can cause:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • Unexplained weight loss

 

You can’t take steps to avoid Type 1 diabetes, but you can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy diet, losing weight if necessary, and staying physically active.

How is diabetes managed?

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, your treatment focuses on taking all the steps necessary to keep your blood sugar within normal limits.

Your doctor at AMG Medical works together with you to develop a long-term plan that fits your needs, incorporating:

Lifestyle changes

Losing weight if necessary and following an exercise routine are two key ways to manage your blood sugar. The doctors at AMG Medical offer ongoing weight-loss support and help you find an activity you’ll enjoy.

Dietary counseling

Carbohydrates boost blood sugar, so you’ll learn how to monitor your carbohydrate consumption and know which carbs are healthy and those you should avoid. Dietary counseling can also include meal planning for a healthy diet.

Medications

Patients with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin and diligently monitor their blood-sugar levels. If you have Type 2 diabetes and your blood sugar isn’t controlled with diet and lifestyle changes, you might need to take insulin or some other medication that lowers blood sugar.

The doctors at AMG Medical are your partners for diabetes care that keeps you healthy throughout your life. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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