Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, FL & Kissimmee, FL
It’s estimated that nearly 10% of Americans have some form of diabetes, and about a quarter of diabetics are living with undiagnosed diabetes. That’s why the team at Premier Endocrinology in Florida specialize in recognizing early symptoms and providing the latest solutions. Between Dr. Theresa Fynn in St. Cloud and Dr. Kwame Ntim in Kissimmee, plus their team of diabetes specialists, you can get the diabetes care you need. Book your evaluation with the online scheduler or call the location nearest you today.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
All of your cells need fuel to do their jobs and to regenerate new cells. Their preferred fuel source is glucose, which is the simplest form of carbohydrate. In order for your cells to absorb glucose, though, they need the help of a hormone called insulin, otherwise, glucose levels surge and can lead to severe tissue and organ damage.
Your pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, but in some cases, your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. This issue, known as type 1 diabetes, often occurs because of a viral infection or developmental genetic issues. Typically, type 1 diabetes starts in your youth, which is why it’s often nicknamed “juvenile diabetes.”
Most diabetics have type 2 diabetes, though. With type 2 diabetes, your pancreas either doesn’t produce enough insulin or it creates plenty and your body just becomes resistant to it. Generally, type 2 diabetes develops gradually during your adult years because of excess body fat and being overweight.
Are there symptoms of diabetes?
Yes, and because the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise, it’s important to be able to detect early warning signs. Common symptoms of diabetes include:
- Excess urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Ravenous appetite
- Tingling or numbness in extremities
Since diabetes affects your blood circulation and your body’s ability to heal, it’s also common to notice that it takes longer for wounds to heal.
How is diabetes treated?
If left untreated, diabetes can lead to widespread permanent tissue damage that causes kidney failure, blindness, or nerve damage, among other issues. Whether you’re in the early stages of diabetes or have experienced serious complications for years, the specialized team at Premier Endocrinology can help.
If you’re a type 1 diabetic, you’re going to need daily insulin. Not all type 2 diabetics need insulin — it just depends on your specific case. While no cure exists for diabetes, Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim can help you manage the condition to improve your quality of life through cutting-edge technology. Some of the best treatment options include:
- Insulin pumps
- Continuous glucose monitors
- Advanced diabetes medications
The team even teaches you how to check and manage your blood sugar with the help of downloadable glucose meter readings.
Schedule your diabetes evaluation at the Premier Endocrinology office nearest you with the online booking feature or over the phone.