Diabetes Specialist

Livonia Premier Aesthetics

Internists & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Livonia, MI

A diabetes diagnosis can be confusing and scary. At Livonia Premier Aesthetics in Livonia, Michigan, the doctors have more than 30 years of combined experience with diabetes management and lifestyle support. The medical team offers comprehensive diabetes treatment and guides you along the path to a greater health with a plan customized for you. Call or click now to schedule a visit with the doctors at Livonia Premier Aesthetics to get help.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood — also called high blood sugar. With diabetes, the body is unable to produce or respond to the hormone insulin, causing abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated blood sugar.

Diabetes can be a dangerous, chronic condition. Proper diagnosis and treatment at Livonia Premier Aesthetics can help you manage your diabetes and prevent complications.

What are the types of diabetes?

The two major types of diabetes: Type1 and Type 1:

Type 1

Formerly called juvenile diabetes, Type 1 occurs when the pancreas produces too little insulin. Type 1 is typically diagnosed in childhood. It may cause weight loss.

Type 2

Also called diabetes mellitus, Type 2 involves poor metabolism of carbohydrates. It causes high blood sugar, and It may also cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. Closely related, prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar is elevated, though it is not as high as in Type 2 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

When have diabetes, you may experience uncomfortable or concerning symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty or hungry
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal

Since your body is unable to metabolize carbohydrates properly, you may notice symptoms worsen after eating certain foods.

How is diabetes diagnosed?

If your doctors suspect diabetes based on your health history and symptoms, they will order a test used to diagnose diabetes. These diagnostic tests include:

A1C

This test checks the average measurement of your blood sugar over the past two to three months.

Fasting plasma glucose (FPG)

This test checks your blood sugar after fasting — not eating or drinking — for at least eight hours before the test.

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)

This test checks your blood sugar levels before and two hours after drinking a specialized sweet drink.

Random (also called casual) plasma glucose test

This is a test to check your blood sugar levels at any time of day when you experience severe symptoms.

Based on your medical evaluation and test results, your doctors will diagnose your condition.

How is diabetes treated?

Diabetes treatment may include prescription insulin, oral medications, and diet and lifestyle advice. Your doctors closely monitor your symptoms in order to provide optimal ongoing treatment based on your needs.

If you suspect you have diabetes or require medical attention for your diagnosis, call Livonia Premier Aesthetics or schedule a visit online to get help.