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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when you have too much glucose, or sugar, in your bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps convert the glucose in your bloodstream into energy that your cells need to function properly. If you don’t have enough insulin in your bloodstream or your cells don’t respond appropriately to insulin, your blood sugar levels climb to an unhealthy level.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

In its early stages, the signs of diabetes are often very subtle but typically worsen as the disease progresses. Symptoms might include:

  • Excessive thirst and increased urination

  • Fatigue

  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Blurred vision

  • Tingling in the hands and feet

  • Slow healing sores

  • Frequent infections

  • Swollen and tender gums

What do you do about diabetes?

As the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is a serious condition that can cause many complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and blindness. The severity of diabetes and its complications can be reduced with lifestyle changes, such as improvements in diet and exercise. Dr. Grija helps you recognize your risk of developing te disease, gives you guidance on how to prevent it, and screens you for diabetes when necessary. She also offers a weight loss program that will help lessen the risk of the disease.

Dr. Grija checks for diseases and conditions that can result from diabetes, such as organ damage, neuropathy (nerve damage), and macro vascular disease. She also obtains EKGs, blood work, urinalysis, and regular stress tests to identify your blood sugar control and optimize your treatment with medication as necessary.

Dr. Grija refers you to specialists, as needed, such as opthalmologists or podiatrists, to continue to monitor your eye health, foot care, and other systems often affected by diabetes. her goal is to help you effectively manage your disease and relieve your worries over diabetes and the impact it can have on your overall health