Diabetes Specialist

Pleasant Grove Family Clinic

Primary Care located in Texarkana, TX

Diabetes, which affects nearly 10% of Americans, increases your risk of many serious health complications. Because comprehensive diabetes management is critical to your good health, Donald Douglas, MD, and his team at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic in Texarkana, Texas, spend time helping you lower your risk of diabetes-related problems. Whether you were recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been battling this chronic condition for most of your life, the team can help. Book your diabetes evaluation through the website or over the phone today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

An umbrella term for conditions that affect your blood sugar, diabetes is one of the most problematic health conditions for children, adults, and seniors. Diabetes leads to ongoing problems with dangerously high levels of blood sugar (glucose), which is an essential fuel source for every cell in your body.

The reason why your blood sugar gets so high depends on which type of diabetes you have.

With Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes, for instance, your pancreas can’t produce insulin. Because insulin is critical for blood sugar absorption, without it, blood sugar just circulates throughout your bloodstream and continues to build up.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, which tends to begin in adulthood, your pancreas might produce insulin. But the insulin you have isn’t enough or your body becomes resistant to it. While your body might be able to use some of the glucose it needs, most blood sugar circulates through your body, causing widespread damage.

Will I need insulin if I have diabetes?

It depends. Insulin injections — or an insulin pump — are always necessary if you have Type 1 diabetes.

But if you have Type 2 diabetes, your doctor at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic might be able to prescribe medications to improve the function of the insulin you do have. While insulin injections are sometimes still necessary if you have Type 2 diabetes, in many cases, oral medications are all you need, especially in the disease’s early stages.

What lifestyle changes will I need to make if I have diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong ailment that requires ongoing medical management. Pleasant Grove Family Clinic providers work closely with you to ensure that you receive the counseling you need to keep your blood sugar under control so you can reduce your risk of diabetic foot ulcers, poor blood circulation, nerve damage, and other diabetic complications.

To improve your wellness when you have diabetes, it’s important to:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain your weight
  • Eat frequent small meals
  • Check your blood sugar regularly
  • Learn to count carbohydrates and when to eat them

These are just some of the diabetes management lifestyle changes that your doctor at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic can teach you and help you add to your daily routine.

Pleasant Grove Family Clinic provides integrative management care for diabetes and related complications. Don’t hesitate to book your diabetes exam online or by phone today.