Diabetes Specialist

Advanced Medical Group

Cardiology, Vein, & Podiatry located in Jersey City, NJ

While it’s estimated that over 30 million Americans have diabetes, roughly one-quarter of them are undiagnosed. Whether you need modern solutions to manage your diabetes or haven’t yet been diagnosed, make an appointment at Advanced Medical Group to get the care you need. The team of specialists in Jersey City, Union City, and West New York, New Jersey, offer the latest in diabetes management solutions so you can get back to your regular activities. Book your visit either online or over the phone.

Diabetes Q & A

What causes diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a group of conditions that affect the way your body utilizes glucose, or blood sugar, which is the primary source of fuel for cells. Your cells absorb glucose for energy when your pancreas releases the hormone insulin.

When you’re diabetic, though, insulin production becomes an issue, which causes dangerous blood spikes. The cause of diabetes depends on which type you have. Some of the most common types are listed below.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes means that your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. Generally, type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in childhood or teen years, which is why it’s nicknamed “juvenile diabetes.” This type of diabetes can stem from:

  • A family history of type 1 diabetes
  • Immune system disorders
  • Viral infection

Type 2 diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, your pancreas might produce insulin, but it doesn’t produce enough. Or maybe you do have adequate insulin and your system becomes resistant to it. Type 2 diabetes can develop because of:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • A family history of type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy in some women and can lead to dangerously high blood sugar levels. It isn’t well understood why some women develop gestational diabetes, although it’s possible that hormones involved in growth and development may block insulin function. In many cases, gestational diabetes resolves after delivery.

Are there symptoms of diabetes?

Yes, although symptoms of diabetes aren’t always obvious and you may overlook them. Some of the warning signs that you may have diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Frequent infections

Because diabetes can affect your vascular system and your body’s ability to deliver nutrients to tissues, you might even notice that sores and wounds take a long time to heal.

How is diabetes treated?

The team at Advanced Medical Group often orders blood work, including an A1C test, to check your blood glucose levels. What’s beneficial about the A1C test is that it evaluates your average glucose level for the prior 2-3 months.

To further help determine the severity of your diabetes, your practitioner may suggest the iPro® continuous glucose monitoring system. The iPro involves wearing a small device that regularly checks your blood glucose several times an hour. This system records your data and creates a spreadsheet of your glucose levels, so your practitioner at Advanced Medical Group can design the most effective treatment plan for you, which could include:

  • Insulin injections or pumps
  • Diabetes medications
  • Weight loss counseling
  • Exercise planning

Your diabetes treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and overall health.

The team of diabetes experts at Advanced Medical Group can help you manage your diabetes. Schedule your appointment with the online scheduling feature or call the clinic nearest you today.