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Bossier Family Medicine, LLC

Family Medicine located in North Bossier, South Bossier & Stonewall, LA

Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting 30 million people in the United States. Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, has a reputation for providing the best overall care for their patients with diabetes. The health providers work together to ensure you get comprehensive care and attention during each visit to the office. For expert management of your diabetes, call the office closest to you or schedule an appointment online today. 

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition affecting your body’s ability to use glucose, also known as blood sugar. 

Glucose comes from the food you eat and serves as the primary energy source for all the cells in your body. The hormone insulin made in your pancreas transports glucose from your blood into your cells to supply the energy it needs to work. 

Diabetes develops from problems with insulin; too much glucose in the blood damages your blood vessels and organs. People with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing other serious health issues when their blood sugar levels remain elevated, such as kidney disease, neuropathy, or heart disease. 

The health experts at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, specialize in diagnosing and treating diabetes and work one-on-one with their patients to help them gain control over their blood glucose levels and their health. 

What are the types of diabetes?

There are many types of diabetes. The most common types include:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that develops when the immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. This type of diabetes commonly develops in children and teens.

People with Type 1 diabetes must inject insulin daily to manage their diabetes and prevent serious health consequences. 

Type 2 diabetes

With Type 2 diabetes, your insulin can’t transport the glucose from your blood into the cell, leading to higher than normal blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults. 

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in women during pregnancy. This type of diabetes usually resolves after the baby is born but increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 

How is diabetes diagnosed?

Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, is a full-service primary care practice and conducts screenings for diabetes at your annual physical exam. To diagnose diabetes, your provider checks your blood glucose levels at their on-site lab testing center.

Higher than normal blood glucose means you have diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes. 

How is diabetes treated?

Your provider at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, develops individual treatment plans for diabetes based on type, blood sugar numbers, and overall health. Treatment may include:

  • Oral hypoglycemic medication
  • Insulin injections
  • At-home blood glucose monitoring
  • Diet modification
  • Exercise program

Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, has a reputation for providing outstanding care for their patients with diabetes. Call the office or book an appointment online today. 

Bossier Family Medicine, LLC