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Diabetes Treatment Specialist

Dimos Kanakoudas, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Complete Health Medical P.C.

Dimos Kanakoudas, MD

Primary Care Physician located in East Setauket, NY

Type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), affects more than 100 million Americans. If you need expert management and support for your diabetes, Dimos Kanakoudas, MD, and the team at Complete Health Medical P.C. in East Setauket, New York, can help. The experienced team members provide outstanding diabetes treatment that enables you to optimize your health when you have diabetes. Call Complete Health Medical P.C. today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Treatment Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common health condition that comes in several forms, all relating to a problem with your body’s production or use of the powerful hormone insulin.

Insulin helps regulate the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood. Your pancreas produces insulin and secretes it into your body, but in some people, the available insulin is lacking or becomes imbalanced, causing diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, which develops because your pancreas can’t make insulin. Autoimmune disorders are those where a malfunction in your body’s immune system, which is designed to protect you, damages your own cells and tissues. With Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin.

Type 2 diabetes

With Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas makes insulin, but either it’s not enough or your body is unable to use it properly.

Diabetes can cause numerous complications, some of which are life-threatening.

What Type 1 diabetes treatments are there?

Type 1 diabetes typically develops during childhood or adolescence, and if you have this type of diabetes, you need lifelong insulin therapy. It’s essential to replace the insulin your body can’t make to avoid dangerous blood sugar levels that can lead to coma and death.

At Complete Health Medical P.C., the team provides you with injectable insulin that you can administer yourself. You also need to take regular blood sugar readings so you can monitor the levels of glucose in your blood and use the right amount of insulin. Leading a healthy lifestyle can make a difference too, helping you avoid peaks and troughs in your blood sugar.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need to attend regular checkups at Complete Health Medical P.C., so the team can ensure you stay healthy and avoid the complications diabetes can cause.

What Type 2 diabetes treatments are there?

Type 2 diabetes is typically a preventable form of the disease because it’s brought on chiefly by unhealthy lifestyle habits. Preventing and treating Type 2 diabetes focuses on changing these habits and leading a healthier lifestyle.

  • Risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes include:
  • Age over 50
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol to excess
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diet high in sugars and fats

You can’t do anything about your age or having a genetic predisposition to diabetes, but neither of these factors means you’re bound to develop the condition. Working on the lifestyle factors that you can control is essential in the prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

The team at Complete Health Medical P.C. can help you achieve these changes by providing advice and support to help you lose weight, exercise regularly, give up bad habits like smoking and drinking, and learn how to eat more healthily.

In some cases, people who have Type 2 diabetes also need to take insulin or other medications as well.

Find out if you have diabetes with a simple blood test, and get the best diabetes treatment available by calling Complete Health Medical P.C. today, or book an appointment online.