More than 2.3 million people in Florida have diabetes, which increases their risk of other health problems like heart disease and neuropathy. Wendy Christensen, APRN, is a skilled primary care practitioner who provides comprehensive diabetes management at Dynamic Health & Wellness Center in Tampa, Florida. Taking a holistic and integrative approach to care, Mrs. Christensen focuses on your whole body health, not your diabetes. For patient-centered diabetes care, call the office or book online today.
Diabetes is a disease that interferes with how your body uses energy from the food you eat. Glucose is the main source of energy for all of the cells in your body. You get glucose, or sugar, from food.
After digestion, glucose enters your bloodstream, triggering the release of insulin, a hormone made in your pancreas that transports glucose from your blood into the cells.
When you have diabetes, your blood glucose levels are higher than normal because of problems with your insulin. You either don’t make the hormone (or not enough) or your cells no longer respond to the actions of the hormone.
When too much glucose builds up in your blood, complications can affect many organs, including your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.
Diabetes comes in many forms, but some types are more common than others. Types of diabetes include:
People with Type 1 diabetes no longer make insulin because their immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells. They need to take insulin injections to survive. This type of diabetes most often develops during childhood or adolescence.
People with Type 2 diabetes make insulin, but the cells are resistant to the actions of the hormone. Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes and most often develops during adulthood.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects women during pregnancy. While gestational diabetes typically goes away after the child is born, women are at highly increased odds of developing Type 2 diabetes later on in life.
Prediabetes isn’t a type of diabetes, but a warning sign that you’re at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Having prediabetes means you have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.
At Dynamic Health & Wellness Center, Mrs. Christensen works closely with you to develop a sustainable diabetes management plan. Diabetes requires lifestyle changes that many people find overwhelming.
Mrs. Christensen understands the mental and physical toll diabetes takes and provides care that benefits your mind and body. Your diabetes management plan may include:
She also teaches you how to check blood glucose numbers at home.
For comprehensive diabetes care, call Dynamic Health & Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online today.