Diabetes Specialist

Amer Zaheer, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Choice Family Medicine

Amer Zaheer, MD

Internal Medicine Physician located in Houston, TX

Diabetes, a condition that leads to issues converting blood sugar into energy and can potentially cause life-threatening complications, affects over 100 million Americans. Choice Family Medicine in Houston provides comprehensive diabetes care and prevention. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment and learn more about how you can overcome the hardships of diabetes.

Diabetes Q & A

What are the different types of diabetes?

For your body to process food and monitor your blood sugar, it needs insulin. Diabetes occurs when your body either can’t produce insulin or can’t use the insulin it does produce, leading to dangerous levels of blood sugar.

There are two main types of diabetes, though a third one occurs in pregnant women:

Type 1 diabetes

With Type 1 diabetes, your body isn’t making enough insulin because your immune system has attacked the healthy cells necessary for your pancreas to produce it. Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children and young adults.

Type 2 diabetes

As the most common form of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body is resistant to insulin and isn’t correctly using it to move sugar into your cells. Type 2 diabetes affects people of all ages, though it’s most frequently diagnosed in middle-aged and older people.  

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women, though it generally goes away after the pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes run the risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes later in life.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The most common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Changes in vision
  • Bladder issues
  • Weight loss
  • Hunger
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Slow-healing sores

Each person reacts to diabetes differently, in part depending on the type of diabetes they’ve been diagnosed with.

What are the risks of diabetes?

If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health complications, such as:

  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke
  • Vision issues
  • Kidney, dental, and heart disease

Your provider at Choice Family Medicine can recommend treatments for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?

Type 1 diabetes is most often treated with regular insulin injections or by wearing an insulin pump, which automatically delivers insulin to your body throughout the day.

Your provider at Choice Family Medicine can recommend a series of lifestyle changes that will help you manage the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. They work with you to develop the best balance of diet, exercise, and medication.

Don’t wait to get in touch with the staff at Choice Family Medicine to discuss treating your diabetes. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.