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Diabetes Specialist

Medical Center West

Michelle Berry, DO

Primary Care Physician located in Boerne, TX

If you’re noticing mild but unusual symptoms like fatigue, unexplained weight loss, or increased thirst and hunger, it could be a sign that you have diabetes. At Medical Center West in Boerne, Texas, Michelle Berry, DO, tests you for diabetes and helps you manage the condition if you have it. To live with minimal worry about your diabetes, call Medical Center West, or book your appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic (long term) condition that you have to manage for your entire life. If you have diabetes, your body struggles to regulate the levels of sugar in your blood. The type of diabetes you have determines the ways in which diabetes affects you.

All three types of diabetes can lead to excess levels of sugar in your blood, which can be extremely dangerous for your health. If you fail to control your blood sugar and manage your diabetes, it can lead to:

  • Heart disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Foot and leg damage (leading to amputation)
  • Kidney damage
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Unmanaged diabetes can be life-threatening. Thankfully, there are many ways to manage your diabetes or avoid diabetes altogether if you’re prediabetic from Medical Center West.

 

What is the difference between the types of diabetes?

There are three types of diabetes that could affect you with similar symptoms and management.

Type 1 diabetes

You have no control over whether or not you get type 1 diabetes. It usually develops because of your family history or some environmental factors. If you have type 1, your immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that regulate your blood sugar levels, causing sugars to build up in your bloodstream.

iType 2 diabetes

You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, obese, or lead an inactive lifestyle. In the case of type 2 diabetes, your body can’t keep up with regulating your blood sugar because there is too much of it. Genetics may also be a factor in developing type 2 diabetes.

Gestational diabete

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually goes away once you’ve delivered your baby. It happens because the hormones that your placenta produces resist the insulin that regulates your blood sugar levels. If you manage your gestational diabetes, chances are you’ll still give birth to a healthy baby. However, you’re at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

 

How can I manage my diabetes?

At Medical Center West, Dr. Berry creates a diabetes management plan for you to regulate your blood sugar. You’ll likely need to:

  • Eat a healthier diet
  • Exercise regularly and within your means
  • Monitor your blood sugar and record it
  • Take medications
  • Use insulin

Insulin is the substance in your body that regulates your blood sugar but is less effective when you have diabetes.

When you inject insulin directly into your bloodstream, it can lower the levels of sugar in your blood. Type 1 diabetes requires insulin as a treatment, but it is not needed for type 2 in all cases.

If Dr. Berry diagnoses you with prediabetes, she can help you avoid a future diagnosis of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes like eating healthier and getting more exercise.

Diabetes is a chronic condition, but with proper management, you can live a normal life. To get help managing your diabetes, call Medical Center West, or make an appointment online today.