Diabetes

Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine

Urgent Care located in Columbus, GA

An estimated 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, and many of them have no idea they are living with the disease. For those in and around Columbus, Georgia, the care of Kevin Lokkesmoe, MD, of Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine is a valuable resource. Dr. Lokkesmoe offers comprehensive diabetes management, helping you live a full and active life and bring your blood-sugar numbers closer to a healthy range. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to get started.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic illness characterized by excess glucose (a type of sugar) in your blood. To understand how diabetes occurs, it helps to think about how your body converts food into energy. 

Every time you eat, your body works to break that food down into usable components. The carbohydrates you consume are converted into glucose, which is released into your bloodstream for either immediate use or storage.

In order for glucose to enter your cells, a hormone called insulin must be present. People with diabetes either don’t create insulin or cannot manufacture enough insulin or make proper use of the amount that is produced. 

Without sufficient insulin, the glucose from food gets “locked out” of your cells and forced to circulate in your bloodstream, often reaching dangerously high levels. 

Some men and women are born with Type 1 diabetes, a condition where your autoimmune system mistakenly attacks your pancreas, preventing insulin production. Type 2 diabetes is far more common and is linked with obesity, genetics, and environmental factors. 

What health risks are associated with diabetes?

High blood sugar places an enormous strain on virtually all of your organs and systems and can create widespread health problems. Some of the issues linked to diabetes include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Foot problems
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Skin conditions 

These are just some of the health issues linked to diabetes. Finding the right management plan can go a long way toward reducing your risk of these serious complications.  

What are some treatments for diabetes?

Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Your practitioner works with you to create a treatment plan that fits your exact set of needs and your lifestyle. Medication may play a role in managing your diabetes, but the practice makes every effort to keep your blood glucose at a healthy level through nonpharmaceutical methods. 

Lifestyle modifications can play a powerful role in treating diabetes. Meaningful changes can  improve your diabetes and overall health. In some cases, supplemental insulin is the best way to control diabetes. You may need to implement blood sugar monitoring to track changes throughout the day.

When you’re ready to explore the treatment options, call Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine today. Online scheduling is also an option and allows you to set up a visit from the comfort of home any time of day or night.