Diabetes is a catchall term for a group of diseases that interferes with your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Sufficiently understanding the condition requires stepping back and examining the importance of proper blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose your blood contains. Glucose is the primary source of energy for almost every part of your body, from your brain to your muscles.
The glucose in your bloodstream is either derived from the food you eat or produced by your liver, and insulin -- which is secreted by your pancreas -- regulates it.
Three main types of diabetes interfere with the levels of glucose in your blood:
In all of these instances, the glucose level in your blood isn’t regulated correctly, allowing it to spike and plummet.
The causes of diabetes largely depend on which type of diabetes you have.
With type 1 diabetes, there’s no known cause, but it’s believed that genetics play a role. With type 2 diabetes, lifestyle factors such as obesity play a large role in its development. Lastly, gestational diabetes typically only lasts for the duration of your pregnancy and is caused by increased hormones.
Regardless of which type of diabetes you have, they all share common symptoms, which include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms with regularity, have Dr. Guibord check for diabetes.
There’s no magic bullet for diabetes, so treatment consists of managing the condition.
It’s important to note that, left untreated, diabetes can lead to grave complications, such as heart disease and nerve damage, which makes regular visits to Dr. Guibord essential so she can monitor your health.
Depending on the type of diabetes you’re diagnosed with, Dr. Guibord typically manages your disease with one or more of the following:
To learn more about how Dr. Guibord can effectively manage your diabetes, call or book an appointment online.
Dr. Guibord accepts the following insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our staff members will be happy to assist.
"Overall I'm very happy with her and the office. The office staff is friendly. I felt like Dr. Guibord actually listened to my issues"
"Wonderful knowledgeable care. Takes a personal interest in the whole patient. Wait time is very reasonable. Office efficient and well run. Always a positive experience"
"She is a caring and professional PCP. She takes the time to look at the big picture. Her staff is efficient and caring."
"Dr. Guibord is a very good doctor. I have been going to her for years. She is very caring doctor."
"Dr. Guibord took the time to talk directly with me about my medical history and my existing medical issue. I really appreciated her friendly, caring bedside manner."