Diabetes

Michelle Sturdivant, NP -  - Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Healthworx Family Clinic

Michelle Sturdivant, NP

Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner located in Edmond, OK

Nearly one in 10 people in the United States have diabetes, and numerous others have prediabetes, a disease that can turn into diabetes. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, diagnoses and treats prediabetes and diabetes to lower your risk of complications and improve your quality of life. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine clinic offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Call for an appointment or use the online scheduler today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common chronic disease that affects your blood glucose or sugar in your blood. In diabetes, your blood sugar is consistently too high due to lack of insulin or the inability to use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that moves sugar from your blood to other cells within the body.

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults over 40 and occurs when your body doesn’t use insulin properly. In type 1 diabetes, which often appears in childhood, the body doesn’t make enough insulin. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and may go away after delivery. If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal, but you don’t yet have diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, see Michelle at Healthworx Family Clinic for diabetes screening.

  • Frequent infections
  • Extreme hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow-healing sores

If left untreated, complications of uncontrolled diabetes include nerve damage, heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and vision problems. That’s why early detection and treatment is so crucial.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes results from genetic or lifestyle factors, or combinations of the two. Type 1 diabetes is genetic, and type 2 diabetes has genetic predispositions as well as the following risk factors.

  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome in women
  • Being inactive
  • A family history of diabetes
  • Older age
  • Being overweight
  • Being Hispanic, American Indian, African American, or Asian
  • Having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides

If you have one or more diabetes risk factor, Michelle may recommend a diabetes screening test for early detection.

How is diabetes treated?

The basis of your personalized diabetes treatment plan from Healthworx Family Clinic depends on the type of diabetes you have. Michelle might recommend:

Lifestyle changes

If you have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, Michelle works with you to get blood sugar under control using nutrition, weight loss, and healthy weight management. She recommends regular exercise and helps you plan diabetes meals and menus. If you have prediabetes, lifestyle changes can reverse your condition and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Medications

Diabetes medications control blood sugar too. Always take your medications as directed.

Insulin injections

Insulin injections control blood sugar when your body doesn’t make enough insulin on its own. The injections are necessary for type 1 diabetics and sometimes for people with type 2 diabetes.

Michelle follows up with you every three months to monitor your blood sugar control. She adjusts medications as needed to perfect your diabetes treatment plan.

Don’t let uncontrolled diabetes cause serious health complications that hinder your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Healthworx Family Clinic by phone or online today.