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Diabetes Specialist

Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care Practice

Theresa C Garcia, MD, FAAFP

Family Medicine Physician & Obesity Medicine located in Eastern Jackson County, Blue Springs, MO

Diabetes is a common chronic disease, affecting more than 10% of the population. At Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care Practice in Blue Springs, Missouri, family medicine physician Theresa Garcia, MD, FAAFP, and her expert team can diagnose and help you manage diabetes to reduce the risk of complications. Call the Garcia Family Medicine office today or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body isn’t able to properly control blood sugar levels. With type 1 diabetes, you don’t produce enough insulin, a hormone that moves sugar from your blood into the rest of the body. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin.

At Garcia Family Medicine, Dr. Garcia can diagnose and treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They take into account related disorders like chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and obesity-related conditions.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Common signs and symptoms associated with diabetes include:

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


Type 2 diabetes generally occurs in people who are older, while type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood. However, type 1 diabetes can develop in adulthood, and type 2 can develop in children, as well.

Complications that can develop with untreated diabetes include heart disease, nerve damage, eye damage, kidney problems, skin conditions, and foot damage, as well as depression, dementia, and hearing impairment.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes can happen to anybody, but some factors increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Examples include:

  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Family history of diabetes (This can also play a role in developing type 1 diabetes.)
  • Older age
  • Poor dietary habits
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome in women


Keeping your type 2 diabetes risk low means eating healthy foods, limiting total carbohydrate and added sugar intakes, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

How does my doctor diagnose diabetes?

To diagnose diabetes and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Garcia discusses your medical history, asks about symptoms you may have, and completes a physical examination. She also reviews the results of your blood tests.

What are my diabetes treatment options?

Depending on the type of diabetes you have and your blood sugar levels, Dr. Garcia may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Lifestyle changes

Eating healthy foods, losing weight if you’re overweight, and getting regular exercise can help keep blood sugar levels under control. Routine home blood sugar monitoring can help too.

Medications

Taking oral medications can reduce high blood sugar when you have type 2 diabetes.

Insulin injections

Insulin injections can help you better manage blood sugar if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Regular blood sugar monitoring is important when using insulin.

Don’t let diabetes go untreated or undetected. Call the Garcia Family Medicine office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.