Reese Family Practice

Integrative Medicine & Primary Care located in Eugene, OR

Does diabetes run in your family, or are you worried about enjoying optimal health with this very common condition? Located in Eugene, Oregon, Reese Family Practice takes a holistic, integrative approach to care for chronic ailments like diabetes. You can trust Randy Reese, MD, and his team to get your health on the right path. Call today to schedule an appointment or book your consultation online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes causes sugar, or glucose, to build up in your blood, leading to serious health problems. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t properly use the insulin it makes. When this happens, the amount of sugar in your blood multiplies.

Diabetes affects millions of people and comes in two forms. The most common is Type 2 diabetes, which is typically caused by a combination of family history and the environment. The second form, Type 1 diabetes, also runs in families and is linked to environmental factors. Type 1 is more common in children and teens.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

You may experience some of the same symptoms with both types of diabetes. The most common symptoms include:

  • Feeling very tired
  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • Losing weight all of a sudden
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling extremely hungry, even though you’re eating
  • Blurry eyesight
  • Sores that take a long time to heal

If you’re eating more than usual, but still losing weight, that’s a symptom of Type 1 diabetes. A warning sign of Type 2 is pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in your hands or feet.  

How is diabetes diagnosed?

Blood tests that measure the amount of sugar, or glucose levels, in your blood are typically used to diagnose diabetes. You may need one or more of these tests:

  • Fasting blood sugar test
  • Random blood sugar test
  • Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test
  • Oral glucose tolerance test

How is diabetes treated?

To begin, you’ll want to make a habit of monitoring your blood sugar levels. Keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range is the best way to enjoy optimal health with diabetes. There are various ways to monitor your blood sugar, including pricking your finger and testing your blood at home or using a portable device such as a continuous glucose monitor.  

Depending on the type of diabetes you have, your provider recommends a plan to help manage your insulin levels. You have many options to manage your insulin, including fast-acting insulin, long-acting insulin, and alternatives that are somewhere in between.

When managed correctly, you can still enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle with diabetes. If you’d like to find out about the right treatment plan for your diabetes, call to make an appointment or schedule your consultation online with Reese Family Practice.