Around 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, according to the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Ryan Williams knows the impact diabetes can have on everyday life and provides individualized treatments and specialized medical care for people with diabetes at Florence Family Medicine in Florence, South Carolina. With the right care, diabetes can be manageable, and the risk of complications can be greatly reduced. Call the office today or book your consultation online.
Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases that impact how your body utilizes blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is one of your body’s energy sources and having diabetes means there’s too much glucose circulating in your bloodstream.
Your pancreas is a gland near your stomach that produces a hormone called insulin. As you consume sugar and foods that turn to sugar in your body, your pancreas releases insulin to manage and store the sugar in your cells for use.
Insulin lowers your blood sugar levels and when the level of sugar in your blood drops, so does your insulin production.
The symptoms of diabetes include:
The cause of diabetes isn’t clear, but certain factors are said to contribute, such as:
If it isn’t properly managed, diabetes can lead to complications, including:
To help you manage your condition, Dr. Williams might recommend some of the following treatments:
Dr. Williams takes a holistic approach to the care of chronic diseases and believes the right lifestyle changes can be pivotal in lowering the risk of complications, regulating blood sugar, lowering stress hormones, and managing diabetes in general.
Dr. Williams is a compassionate and experienced physician who can help you with your diabetes at Florence Family Medicine. Call or go online to schedule your consultation today.