Diabetes and prediabetes affect more than 100 million adults in the United States, and uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious health complications. If you’re at risk of diabetes, family practice physician Luz Angela Lopez, MD, and her team, with an office in Mesa and two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, can diagnose and treat it to optimize your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Lopez over the phone or online today.
Diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn’t properly control blood sugar because you don’t make enough insulin or can’t utilize it the right way. Uncontrolled blood sugar increases your risk of serious health problems, like heart disease and nerve damage.
Diabetes care is the management of diabetes to better control your blood sugar. Dr. Lopez and her team offer diabetes treatments for adults and children of all ages.
If you have diabetes you might experience:
Complications that can result from uncontrolled diabetes include heart problems, kidney damage, eye damage, nerve problems, hearing issues, foot damage, skin problems, depression, and dementia.
Anyone can develop diabetes, as genetics play a role in its development. The following factors increase your risk:
If you’re at risk of diabetes, early detection and treatment are crucial to help prevent complications.
Dr. Lopez and her team can diagnose diabetes using a simple blood test. They ask about your symptoms, complete a physical exam, and may utilize additional diagnostic tests to find out if you have complications associated with diabetes.
To better manage diabetes and prevent complications, Dr. Lopez might recommend:
Making lifestyle changes can improve blood sugar and prevent complications. Examples include healthy eating, regular exercise, weight loss, and not smoking or drinking excessively.
Taking oral diabetes medications can keep blood sugar in check to reduce your risk of diabetes complications.
If your body doesn’t make enough insulin, insulin injections can improve blood sugar control.
If you have foot problems associated with diabetes, Dr. Lopez and her team offer toenail removal and other types of diabetic foot care.
Don’t let uncontrolled diabetes progress to serious health complications. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lopez and her team over the phone or online today.