Diabetes

Volusia Medical Center

Family Medicine Clinic & Preventative Medicine Specialists located in New Smyrna Beach, FL & Daytona Beach, FL

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and there are 1.5 million new diagnoses each year. To stay one step ahead of this chronic and systemic disease, you need the right medical team in your corner. John Yee, MD, and her team at Volusia Medical Center have extensive experience helping patients manage diabetes through vigilant oversight and preventive care. If you need comprehensive diabetes management, call one of the three offices in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Deland, Florida, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Diabetes

What is diabetes?

In the simplest of definitions, diabetes is a disease in which your body has trouble regulating glucose levels in your blood because of a lack of insulin or insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas, and it must ensure that the primary fuel for your cells — sugar — is delivered and any excess is carted away.

There are two main types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

This immunological disorder destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas, leaving you without the needed resources to regulate the sugar in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes

This form of the disease occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and you can’t produce enough to overcome the resistance.

There are other forms of diabetes, such as gestational diabetes, but types 1 and 2 are the most common, with type 2 representing the majority of diagnoses.

What causes diabetes?

Medical researchers are still searching for the exact cause of diabetes, but they have unearthed many links to the disease. For people with type 1 diabetes, researchers believe that genetics and environment play critical roles.

For type 2 diabetes, weight and diet appear to play a significant role in the onset of the disease. It’s no coincidence that the rise in obesity in the United States was followed by an increase in type 2 diabetes diagnoses, though these numbers are beginning to level out. Still, diabetes has been labeled one of the largest global health care concerns of the 21st century.

How is diabetes managed?

Because there’s no single, identifiable cause of diabetes, there’s no cure for the disease, which means treatment typically comes down to management. The complications that stem from diabetes are very serious, and even life-threatening, ranging from neuropathy to strokes. So it’s imperative that you partner with Volusia Medical Center for experienced diabetic care.

The Volusia Medical Center team ensures that you have the tools necessary to regulate your insulin levels and works with you to make lifestyle changes that can improve your health. These changes typically include weight loss, exercise, and diet management, which have been shown to sometimes reverse type 2 diabetes in its early stages.

To learn more about better managing your diabetes, please call Volusia Medical Center or request an appointment using the online booking feature.