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Diabetes Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

Diabetes affects over 100 million Americans and is a lifelong condition. If you don’t get treatment, diabetes can result in life-altering complications with your health. The team at MM Jersey City Breathing Center offers diagnostic tests and treatments to control your diabetes condition or to reduce your chances of developing it. Call one of the three convenient locations in Jersey City, New Jersey, to book an appointment and learn how to manage your diabetes.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition in which your body can’t produce or use the hormone insulin. Your body needs insulin to break down sugar into energy but if you have diabetes and can’t digest it, the sugar builds up in your bloodstream. 

Over time, elevated sugar levels can lead to health complications like heart disease, nerve damage, and damage to major organs like your kidneys.

What are the different types of diabetes?

If your blood sugar is higher than usual but still reversible, you have early signs of diabetes called prediabetes. Once your condition progresses to full-blown diabetes, you may have one of three types:

Type 1 diabetes

Also known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-making cells in your pancreas.

Type 2 diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body produces insulin but can’t use it for some reason. When your blood sugar levels start to rise, your body overcompensates by producing even more insulin, but over time, the sugar levels become unmanageable and you develop diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

This type of diabetes only affects pregnant women and usually goes away after they give birth. It’s thought to be caused by the extreme hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy. Women who develop gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

If you think you have diabetes, get tested at MM Jersey City Breathing Center and get your condition under control before it becomes serious.

How do you treat diabetes?

At MM Jersey City Breathing Center, each treatment is tailored to your specific condition and everyday lifestyle needs. 

If you have type 1 diabetes, your doctor can prescribe insulin injections and suggest lifestyle changes. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may also require insulin injections, but most patients benefit from lifestyle changes alone.

During your physical, your doctor can discuss your various treatment options and educate you on your optimal blood sugar levels. They also suggest lifestyle changes that can include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Exercising more
  • Monitoring your blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Prescription medication

Call MM Jersey City Breathing Center to make an appointment for your diabetes consultation today.