Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when there are high levels of sugar in the blood. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can cause several symptoms, including, but not limited to:

  • Blurry vision 
  • Excessive thirst 
  • Fatigue 
  • Hunger 
  • Frequent urination 
  • Weight loss

There are three major types of diabetes. The causes and risk factors are different for each type:

  • Type 1 Diabetes can occur at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in children, teens or young adults. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown.
  • Type 2 Diabetes makes up most diabetes cases. It most often occurs in adulthood. However, because of high obesity rates, teens and young adults are now being diagnosed with it. Many people with Type 2 Diabetes don't know they have it.
  • Gestational Diabetes is high blood sugar that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who was not previously diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes Treatment Options:

An endocrinologist is physician who specializes in gland disorders. Oppenheimer Endocrinoligy offers access to a highly-skilled staff able to help patients manage diabetes through medications and advanced technology. Our long-term relationship with our patients also enhances care.

Glucose monitoring is key to managing diabetes. Continuous glucose monitoring is available through Oppenheimer Endocrinology. 

Prescribing, controlling and adjusting insulin doses is important for managing diabetes. 

For some patients, prescribing and dosing oral diabetes medications is another important approach to controlling diabetes. Dr. Oppenheimer works closely with patients to adjust diabetes medications.

Diet and exercise play a significant role in keeping diabetes under control. Dr. Oppenheimer will customize a diet and exercise plan designed to help you.

For more specific pituitary diabetes treatment information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Oppenheimer to determine your needs.