Diabetes Specialist

Austin Powers Medical Group

Internal Medicine Physicians & Nephrologist located in San Jose, CA

Over a million americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, but most people don’t even know they’re sick. If you have slow-healing wounds, unexplained weight loss, or blurry vision, visit Austin Powers Medical Group. With a background in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Suzanne Austin offers customized care for diabetes to patients in San Jose, California. Book an appointment online to get started or call the office today.

Diabetes

Austin Powers Medical Group

What causes diabetes?

Diabetes develops when the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin or when it does not react to insulin the way it should.

When this key hormone doesn’t function properly, people with Type 1 diabetes are prone to dangerously low blood sugar, while people with Type 2 diabetes are prone to episodes of extremely high blood sugar.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that generally affects people in childhood or young adulthood. Type 2 diabetes is usually linked to lifestyle factors, like obesity, diet, or aging.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes can produce a number of different symptoms. Some of the most common signs are:

  • Diabetic neuropathy, which causes numbness or pain in the feet or toes
  • Wounds that are slow to heal or chronic infections
  • Inflamed gums or periodontal disease
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Sudden or unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme thirst or cravings for carbohydrates

Diabetes can also lead to changes in the musculoskeletal system and increase the likelihood of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, people with diabetes are twice as likely to have arthritis.

Since many people with diabetes aren’t even aware they have a medical condition, it’s important to have regular checkups and blood sugar testing.

What is the treatment for diabetes?

When it comes to diabetes treatment, individual factors determine your care.

People with Type 1 diabetes usually need to take prescription insulin for life to ensure they maintain safe blood sugar levels. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your treatment may include medication to help lower your blood sugar.

All people with diabetes can benefit from lifestyle modifications, including:

  • Eating a healthy diet with a balance of protein and carbohydrates
  • Exercising regularly
  • Regular blood glucose testing

Regular medical checkups are important if you have diabetes. Dr. Austin can help you cope with a diagnosis and take the right steps toward regaining your health. If you need diabetes treatment from a professional you can trust, contact Austin Powers Medical Group today.

To book a visit at the San Jose, California office, call today or click to schedule.