Diabetes Specialist

Premier Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Medical Aesthetics & Weight Management located in Union City, TN

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects over 100 million adults in the United States. If you're at risk for or experience symptoms of diabetes, Premier Primary Care in Union City, Tennessee, is here for you. They offer diabetes screening, treatment, and education to reduce symptoms and prevent diabetes complications. Schedule an appointment with Premier Primary Care over the phone or online today.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition in which your body doesn’t efficiently metabolize glucose. It might occur because you don’t make enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or your body can’t properly use insulin (Type 2 diabetes) to efficiently move glucose from your blood into other cells within the body. 

Prediabetes occurs when you have high blood sugar that’s not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes. Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy, but may go away after delivery.


What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have diabetes:

  • Extreme thirst or hunger
  • Frequency urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Irritability
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections


Prediabetes and diabetes don’t always produce symptoms, which is why routine screening, if you’re at risk, is so important.

Complications associated with untreated diabetes include kidney and liver problems, vision issues, nerve damage, heart problems, foot issues, hearing problems, depression, and dementia. 


What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Anybody can develop prediabetes or diabetes, but the following factors increase your risk:

  • Being overweight
  • Older age
  • Inactivity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • History of polycystic ovary syndrome in women


If you have diabetes risk factors, the team at Premier Primary Care can detect the disease using a simple blood test.


How is diabetes treated?

If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, your primary care provider might recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Lifestyle changes

Losing weight, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and getting regular exercise helps control blood sugar when you have prediabetes or diabetes.

Medications

Taking oral diabetes medicines helps control blood sugar to prevent serious complications associated with diabetes.

Insulin injections

Premier Primary Care might recommend insulin injections if you have Type 1 diabetes or your body doesn’t make enough insulin.

Diabetes education

Knowing how to better manage diabetes and its symptoms is the best way to prevent diabetes complications. Your provider offers diabetes education and teaches you how to properly monitor blood sugar to manage your disease and reduce symptoms.

Don’t let diabetes progress to serious health problems when simple diabetes treatments are available at Premier Primary Care. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.