Living with diabetes can be challenging because it requires medical management to avoid serious health complications. Gaylene Soloniuk-Tays, MD, provides attentive, personalized care for diabetes that allows her patients to live full, productive lives. To find out more about diabetes management at Compassionate Family Care, call the office in Visalia, California, today, or make an appointment online.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the endocrine system and hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and regulates blood sugar, also known as glucose.
Diabetes can’t be cured, but it can be treated and controlled; many people with diabetes can lead to robust, healthy lives with proper medical management. If left untreated, however, diabetes can cause severe complications that affect the eyes, feet, skin, nervous system, and heart and circulatory system. In some cases, untreated diabetes can be fatal.
The three primary types of diabetes include:
Symptoms and potential complications are essentially the same for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as these arise from excess glucose levels in the bloodstream.
The most common symptoms of diabetes include:
Diabetes can also cause wounds to heal slowly, or not at all.
Dr. Soloniuk-Tays is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating diabetes. She’ll begin with a comprehensive physical exam, a review of your medical history, and also order some tests. These may include a urinalysis, a fasting blood glucose test, or an oral glucose tolerance test, which measures how blood sugar levels change over several hours.
Based on your individual needs, Dr. Soloniuk-Tays will design a management plan to control the progression of the disease and alleviate your symptoms. Your plan may include:
Dr. Soloniuk-Tays may also refer you to an eye doctor who specializes in diabetic eye care and to other specialists who can prevent or treat complications in their area of specialty.
To learn more about diabetes management at Compassionate Family Care, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.