Chronic conditions like diabetes and high cholesterol require the attention of an experienced medical professional to prevent other complications from developing. The skilled internists at C+Y Medical PC in Brooklyn, New York, offer services for chronic conditions, including diabetes and high cholesterol care. If you need help managing a chronic condition, call the experts at C+Y Medical or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a condition that involves blood glucose. Also known as blood sugar, blood glucose is one of your body’s main sources of energy.
A hormone called insulin regulates your blood glucose. If your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or doesn’t use the insulin it produces effectively, you end up with high blood sugar or diabetes.
Most people have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when your body doesn’t make insulin, and daily injections are needed. While it’s typically diagnosed at a young age, it can occur anytime.
People with Type 2 diabetes don’t make or use insulin effectively. It can develop at any age and is associated with obesity.
When left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including:
Diabetes doesn’t always have symptoms, so it’s important to speak with your doctor if you think you might be at risk.
High cholesterol occurs when cholesterol, a waxy substance, builds up in your arteries.
Your body uses cholesterol to build cells. Some of your cholesterol is made in your liver, but it also comes from foods that you eat. Certain foods like tropical oils also prompt your liver to make more cholesterol.
There are two types of cholesterol: HDL (good) and LDL (bad). Bad cholesterol builds up in your arteries. Good cholesterol works to remove it by carrying the bad cholesterol to the liver, where it’s broken down and eliminated from your body.
When too much bad cholesterol builds up in your arteries, it causes them to narrow or become blocked, decreasing blood supply and increasing your risks of:
Chronic conditions like diabetes and high cholesterol respond very favorably to lifestyle changes, including:
In addition to lifestyle changes, your doctor might also prescribe medications to control your condition.
As your doctor at C+Y Medical PC works closely with you to develop a healthier lifestyle and take medication as prescribed, they also closely monitor your condition through regular health screenings that include blood tests to measure sugar and cholesterol levels.
To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.