Diabetes Specialist

Family Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Medical Clinics located in Soldotna, AK

Managing diabetes effectively requires a knowledgeable, experienced physician. At Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, Alaska, the team of providers offers extensive diabetic management services, including diagnosis, routine blood tests, and an on-site laboratory to monitor your condition. To ensure you’re in optimum health, Family Medical Clinic also provides information on nutrition and exercise to prevent diabetic complications. To schedule a diabetes consultation, book an appointment online or by phone.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that needs skilled monitoring and management to prevent additional medical complications. The condition involves the way your body processes glucose, or sugar, that it takes from the food you eat to give you energy.

In Type 1 diabetes, you are unable to produce insulin, the hormone necessary for converting glucose. This lack of insulin means your blood sugar levels remain too high for your body to function properly. A Type 1 diabetes diagnosis often occurs in childhood but can develop in adults.

With Type 2 diabetes, one of two things happens: either your body makes glucose, but in insufficient amounts, or your body does not properly use the insulin it produces, causing your blood sugar levels to remain elevated. Type 2 diabetes can affect anyone at any age but is more common in adults.

High blood sugar levels are involved in other conditions, as well. Prediabetes is a condition that indicates your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. Your doctor helps you manage diabetes throughout your pregnancy and the condition usually resolves on its own once the baby is born.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

There are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing the disease, especially in Type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • A lack of physical activity

Having prediabetes or gestational diabetes also increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

How is diabetes diagnosed?

If you aren’t yet diagnosed with diabetes, your Family Medical Clinic provider will assess your risk for diabetes and any symptoms you have to determine if you need diagnostic blood work to identify high blood glucose levels.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms vary among those with diabetes, but they may include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Blurred vision

Untreated diabetes can also cause a life-threatening situation when blood sugar levels become too high for your body to function correctly.

How is diabetes treated?

If you already have diabetes and need monitoring and management services, the experienced Family Medical Clinic team works with you to evaluate your diet and lifestyle choices and monitor your blood sugar levels. They also provide educational resources for at-home care of diabetes.

Both types of diabetes require frequent blood sugar testing through the day. Type 1 diabetics need daily doses of insulin to manage the condition. In Type 2 diabetes, you may avoid medications and insulin injections through lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise. If these changes aren’t enough to control diabetes, you may need medications.

Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more.