Diabetes Management in Orlando, FL

Diabetes Management Orlando FLDiabetes is a chronic health condition that occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, a hormone created by certain cells (islets) in the pancreas. Insulin serves as a “key” that opens up cells throughout the body, allowing blood sugar (glucose) to enter. The cells then use the glucose for energy.

In type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the islet cells. Without an insulin “key,” the body’s cells cannot absorb glucose, which is then left to build up in the blood (high blood sugar). In type 2 diabetes, the body is able to produce insulin, but it does not produce enough to support its vital functions.

There is currently no cure for diabetes. However, the condition can be effectively controlled with the help of a doctor who can provide ongoing medical care, including physical exams, lab tests, and prescriptions for medication.

How Is Diabetes Managed?

The goals of diabetes management are to:

  • Keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible by balancing food intake with medication and regular exercise
  • Maintain blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels within their normal range
  • Control blood pressure
  • Prevent the development of diabetes-related complications

If you are living with diabetes, it is important to work with a doctor who can provide the level of support you need. Of course, you are the most important member of your diabetes management team, and the more information you can provide to your doctor, the easier it will be for her to assist you. Toward that end, be sure to write down any questions and concerns you have so that you will remember to discuss them during your appointments.

The Advantages of Direct Primary Care

As an alternative to the conventional healthcare system, direct primary care (DPC) offers a number of benefits in terms of access to treatment for patients with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes. In general, a DPC doctor can provide more high-touch and timely care that a conventional doctor who must meet insurance company demands that often limit patient interaction.

If you’d like to talk with a DPC doctor about diabetes management, contact Optimum Direct Care to schedule a meeting with our board-certified family practice doctor, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro, at our office in Orlando, FL.

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“The switch to Dr. Muzzi took some getting used to. I am not accustomed to Doctors actually calling me back promptly nor spending quality time with me analyzing my complete medical make up. In this medical era of 'get them in and get them out quickly', her approach is professionally refreshing”

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“My husband and I were in search of a new physician when my neighbor mentioned that we should meet Dr Toni Muzzinigro who was a “Direct Primary Care” physician. We were not familiar with the term and were very intrigued. We made an initial appointment with her and learned so many things that we didn’t think existed anymore. Her main focus is on the patient and not the insurance companies! When she doesn’t have to worry about the bureaucracy and red tape of insurance companies, she has so much more time to listen to the patient and come up with a truly great level of care. The patient comes first and foremost. Our initial appointment was so thorough. She wanted to know every aspect of our past records. I felt like she really cared about us and her main goal was to keep us as healthy as possible. During our annual appointments, Dr. Muzzi schedules enough time to go over every concern you may have. Her explanations of test results are very thorough, and she is very knowledgeable of up to date medical breakthroughs. There have been some times during the year that we needed a doctor’s advice quickly. She is available to us basically 24/7. You can get in touch with her via phone, text, or video conferencing. Many things can be handled in a quick and timely manner. However, if there is a need to see her personally, getting in to see her doesn’t take weeks. Usually, you can make an appointment the very next day. How comforting is it to know that your doctor is always available to you and truly cares about your wellbeing! That is worth its weight in gold! Her staff are an added bonus! They run the office efficiently and take care of any other needs we may have. Another great advantage is that Dr. Muzzi has a network of specialists, labs, and resources available to us and at a discounted rate and free generic prescriptions. Personally, we like the fact that someone can help us navigate the medical system and direct us in the right direction. I simply can’t say enough. Dr. Muzzi has become our doctor as well as a good friend. She will always have our best interest at heart and her main goal is to provide the highest level of care. We are so thankful to have found Dr. Muzzi and Optimum Direct Care.”

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