If you or someone in your family has diabetes, you need a primary care provider who can manage the disease effectively. Diabetes is one of the many conditions the medical experts at Family Medical Wellness Center regularly treat. Rubina Alvi, MD, can provide insulin therapy, medication, and lifestyle counseling to keep your diabetes under control. If you’re in Howard County, including surrounding cities, Columbia and Ellicott City, Maryland and looking for a practitioner with expertise in managing diabetes, call the office in Elkridge, Maryland, or request an appointment online.
Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by the body’s insufficient ability to produce or regulate insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates sugar in your bloodstream.
Treatment varies, depending on the type of diabetes you have:
Regardless of which type of diabetes you have, Dr. Alvi and the team at Family Medical Wellness Center can help.
Diabetes symptoms are influenced by sugar fluctuations in your blood and are usually subtle and vague. You may not know you have diabetes until you get an abnormal result from a lab test.
However, it’s still helpful to be aware of the signs, so you can detect the condition early when it’s easiest to treat. Symptoms of diabetes include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, reach out to the professionals at Family Medical Wellness Center for help managing your condition.
Dr. Alvi tailors your treatment based on your particular situation, preferences, age, and the stage of your disease. Your dietary and lifestyle choices play a significant role in your treatment.
If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, so you’ll need to use insulin therapy for the rest of your life. You’ll also need to monitor your blood glucose levels and regulate your eating to keep your blood sugars within a normal range.
With type 2, you may be able to control your blood sugar levels with diet and exercise alone. Otherwise, you might have to take prescription medication to regulate your insulin and glucose levels.
Most pregnant women can control their blood sugars by changing their dietary choices, monitoring their blood glucose levels, and exercising. If glucose levels remain elevated, you may need to use prescription medication or insulin.
The providers at Family Medical Wellness Center can diagnose and help you manage your diabetes. Call the office or use the convenient online booking tool to meet with Dr. Alvi.