Diabetes Specialist

Prime Internal Medicine Associates

Internal Medicine located in Dallas, TX

Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans, but Prime Internal Medicine Associates helps manage this common condition to prevent serious complications, such as congestive heart failure. Conveniently located in Dallas, the practice helps to manage both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Get expert medical care today by calling Prime Internal Medicine Associates or booking a consultation online.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn't produce insulin, or when your body doesn't use the insulin that is produced properly. The first condition is type 1 diabetes, while the second is type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes can affect almost every aspect of your health. Managing your blood sugar may prevent health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage that can occur when you have diabetes.


How does type 1 diabetes differ from type 2 diabetes? 

People who have type 1 diabetes have a problem with their immune system. This condition causes their body to attack the cells that create insulin. If you have type 1 diabetes, you'll need to take medication to replace the lost insulin and regulate your blood sugar. 

If you have type 2, your pancreas does produce insulin. However, the amount of insulin produced is insufficient to manage your blood sugar level, or your body isn't making good use of the insulin. 

 

Am I at risk of developing diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes, which is preventable, is often due to a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle. You may be a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are overweight
  • Don't exercise regularly
  • Eat an unhealthy diet 
  • Drink too much alcohol 

Diabetes also runs in families, so you stand a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes if a family member has it. 

 

What treatments are available for diabetes?

Prime Internal Medicine Associates takes a holistic approach to health. Your provider encourages you to make healthy lifestyle changes to improve your health and maintain your blood sugar at a healthy level. This includes losing weight, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, and adopting a low-calorie eating plan. If you smoke, they encourage you to quit and may recommend a smoking cessation program.

Prime Internal Medicine Associates tailors your medical treatment to your form of diabetes, whether you have type 1 or type 2. Your treatment plan may include regular monitoring of your blood sugar and insulin treatment. 

For a diabetes screening test or help managing your condition, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or book a consultation online.