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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