Diabetes Specialist

Family Practice Associates

Family Practice & General Practitioners located in Broomfield, CO

Diabetes stands among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, with Type 2 diabetes responsible for 90-95% of adult cases. Pamela Abrams, MD, and the caring team at Family Practice Associates, PC, in Broomfield, Colorado, can help you both manage your existing Type 2 diabetes and identify risk factors that could prevent the disease from occurring at all. If you’re looking for comprehensive diabetes care, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

Family Practice Associates

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects the way your body processes glucose (blood sugar). Glucose plays a crucial role in providing energy to your cells and fueling your brain. Diabetes involves problems with the hormone insulin, which your pancreas produces to convert glucose into usable energy for your cells.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or it doesn’t use the insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistance, a condition known as prediabetes.

Although Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition, prediabetes may be reversible with changes to your diet and lifestyle. The team at Family Practice Associates is committed to helping you prevent disease whenever possible.

Who gets diabetes?

Diabetes is prevalent, affecting over 30 million Americans, or about 9.4% of the population, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Factors that may increase your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having gestational diabetes or prediabetes
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes symptoms vary depending on how high your blood sugar level is, but in general common symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger
  • Wounds and bruises that heal more slowly than usual
  • Blurry vision
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet

How is diabetes diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Abrams and the team at Family Practice Associates begins with a comprehensive physical exam, including a thorough review of your medical history. If Dr. Abrams suspects you may have diabetes, she uses a blood test to check your glucose levels.

If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, Dr. Abrams works with you to create a treatment plan to improve your health and manage your blood sugar. This may include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Monitoring your blood sugar
  • Insulin therapy
  • Medications

The team at Family Practice Associates is passionate about preventive care and provides all the support and resources you need to implement healthy lifestyle changes, like proper diet and exercise.

If you’re looking for a family care physician who specializes in diabetes prevention and management, call Family Practice Associates or schedule an appointment with Dr. Abrams online today.