Diabetes Specialist

Magnolia Health Care

Functional Medicine Specialists & Internal Medicine located in Florence, SC

All too many diabetic Americans are living without access to treatment that can help them lead their healthiest, most balanced lives. Instead, they’re left with fluctuating blood sugar levels that can lead to serious health complications, including organ damage, heart disease, and stroke. Emmanuel Quaye, MD, and his dedicated team at Magnolia Health Care are working to change that. Their extensive, successful diabetes program takes a holistic approach to helping people with diabetes lead their most balanced lives. To protect your health in the face of diabetes, call their office in Florence, South Carolina, or book your appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

You probably already know that diabetes mellitus, commonly called diabetes, is an issue with the blood sugar levels in the body. The symptoms, however, may not be as familiar to you. The most common symptoms include:

  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are three primary types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

This type of diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the pancreas. Because your pancreas is the organ that creates insulin — the hormone that takes sugar from your blood to use as energy — this attack causes a rise in blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes

It’s possible for your body to build up a resistance to insulin, and this is the case for people who live with type 2 diabetes. Because the body doesn’t use insulin the way it should, sugar builds up in the blood.

You can also be affected by prediabetes before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a way to indicate that your blood sugar levels are consistently higher than normal.

Gestational diabetes

During pregnancy, the placenta produces insulin-blocking hormones. This results in high blood sugar during pregnancy, also known as gestational diabetes, for some women.

What’s the best way to treat diabetes?

Many doctors today treat diabetes by prescribing insulin and medication. The issue, though, is that they’re just treating elevated blood sugar levels instead of treating what’s actually causing it. Instead, Dr. Quaye chooses to also treat the root cause of blood sugar imbalance in the body.

His large, successful diabetes program includes a thorough nutritional assessment. He also looks at lifestyle factors that contribute to diabetes, like stress and sleep deprivation. Then, he works with you to develop a treatment program that addresses your unique body to help balance your blood sugar levels. Sometimes, seemingly simple changes like modifying the way you eat, improving your gut health, or lifestyle shifts are all that is needed to manage your diabetes.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t assume you have a life of medication ahead of you. Dr. Quaye’s diabetes program helps you regain control of your body and your life. Regain your quality of life and protect your overall health by calling Magnolia Health Care or booking your appointment online.