Diabetes is a common chronic disease, affecting more than 100 million American adults. At Millennium Park Medical Associates in the Loop and the Lakeview neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, Farah Khan, MD, FACP, and the expert team of board-certified internal medicine specialists diagnose and treat Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to prevent serious complications and optimize your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Millennium Park Medical Associates by phone or online today.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition in which your body doesn’t regulate sugar in your blood the way it’s supposed to. High blood sugar can lead to serious medical problems, which is why early detection and treatment is crucial. If you’re at risk of diabetes or exhibit symptoms, see Dr. Khan and the Millennium Park Medical Associates team for screening.
Different types of diabetes exist, including:
With Type 1 diabetes, which often develops during childhood, your body doesn’t make enough insulin to properly regulate blood sugar levels.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin, but it either doesn’t make enough or the cells in your body can’t use it properly. Type 2 diabetes usually develops later in life.
With latent autoimmune diabetes, your pancreas stops producing enough insulin to regulate blood sugar. Many people with this condition develop it after age 30.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. It may go away after delivery, but it increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
With prediabetes, you experience high blood sugar that’s not high enough to classify as diabetes. Prediabetes can turn into diabetes over time if it’s left untreated.
Some common symptoms of diabetes include:
Complications associated with untreated diabetes can include problems with your eyes, hearing, kidneys, nerves, heart, and feet, as well as depression and dementia.
Some common risk factors associated with diabetes include:
Healthy lifestyle habits can drastically reduce your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes, and you may even be able to reverse prediabetes.
When you arrive at Millennium Park Medical Associates, your internal medicine specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and use a blood test to screen you for diabetes.
Diabetes treatments available at Millennium Park Medical Associates include:
Your provider personalizes diabetes treatments to keep blood sugar under control and prevent serious complications.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk of developing it, schedule an appointment with Millennium Park Medical Associates by phone or online today.