Howell Family Care, PLLC

Family Medicine Physicians & Aesthetic Specialists located in Howell, MI

Over 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but about one in four didn’t know they had it until they were diagnosed.

Sheryl Simpson, DO, and the team at Howell Family Care, PLLC offer diabetes screening and management at their location in Howell, Michigan. To find out if you have diabetes or to receive the best diabetes care, call or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

When you have diabetes, your glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. There are several types of diabetes, including:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes means your body doesn’t make insulin, the hormone that helps glucose from your blood become energy for your cells. This type used to be called juvenile diabetes because it’s most often diagnosed in children and young adults.

Type 2 diabetes

This type means your body either doesn’t make enough insulin, or that it can’t use insulin properly. This type can occur at any age, including childhood. About 90-95% of adults with diabetes have type 2.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. Usually, this type of diabetes goes away after childbirth. However, gestational diabetes can increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes symptoms vary depending on the type you have and how high your blood sugar is. Common diabetes symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Blurred vision
  • Wounds and sores that heal slowly

Sometimes, people with type 2 diabetes may not experience symptoms right away. Type 1 diabetes tends to cause symptoms to appear more suddenly.

What are the complications of diabetes?

Over time, diabetes can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Complications of diabetes include:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Foot problems
  • Vision problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Dental disease

Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes reduces your risk of developing these medical conditions.

How do you diagnose and treat diabetes?

First, Dr. Simpson or a member of the team at Howell Family Care, PLLC performs a physical exam and thoroughly reviews your medical history. If they suspect you have diabetes, they may perform a blood test to check your blood sugar levels.

Then, they develop a personalized diabetes treatment plan to manage your blood sugar. If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to take insulin several times a day.

Most cases of type 2 diabetes stay under control with healthy lifestyle choices, like eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. For severe cases of type 2 diabetes, Dr. Simpson may prescribe insulin or another medication to manage blood sugar.

For professional diabetes screening and treatment, call Howell Family Care, PLLC or book an appointment online today.