Diabetes Specialist

Diabetes can be a tough condition to live with, but with good management and excellent care, your diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life. The team at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, with offices in Portland, Milwaukie, and Tigard, Oregon, provides both primary care and behavioral care to help you navigate your diabetes. They’ll also assist you with coordination of self-care at home.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a catchall term for a group of diseases that affect how your body processes glucose, or blood sugar, which is one of your body’s most important sources of energy. Insulin is the hormone that regulates how your body processes and stores glucose. When your insulin levels are off, your body can’t manage your blood sugar levels properly, which can lead to serious health complications.

In general, there are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes: Insulin-producing cells in your pancreas are destroyed by your body’s immune system.

Type 2 diabetes: The more common form of diabetes where your body produces insulin, but it doesn’t produce enough or your body is resistant to it.

What causes diabetes?

The cause o type 1 diabetes isn’t known, but it’s thought to be genetic or environmental. Generally, type 1 diabetes presents itself before the age of 20.

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, which impacts patients in adulthood, the main cause is being overweight.

Another cause for diabetes is pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes. Hormone changes during pregnancy can trigger diabetes by affecting how insulin works. This condition affects about 4% of pregnant women.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

When it comes to diagnosing type 1 diabetes, the following symptoms can be good indicators:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination

For type 2 diabetes, doctors often look for the symptoms above, as well as:

  • Weight gain
  • Hard-to-heal sores or cuts
  • Itching skin
  • Yeast infections
  • Tingling or numbness in the extremities

What is the treatment for diabetes?

There’s no cure for diabetes, but good management of the disease allows you to lead a healthy and active life.

Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice provides nursing care coordinators who assist you with your diabetes self-care, which may include:

  • Insulin and blood sugar monitoring devices
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Weight loss
  • Consistent monitoring

If you have type 2 diabetes, you can mitigate most of your symptoms through weight loss, better nutrition, and exercise. If you have type 1 diabetes, regular care and vigilant monitoring of your insulin levels go a long way toward preventing complications from the disease. The health care providers at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice can help you every step of the way.

Insurance We Accept

At Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, we accept the following insurances. If you do not see your insurance on this, please call our office to confirm we take your plan.

  FamilyCare
Aetna
CareOregon
Cigna
First Choice Health
HealthNet
LifeWise
Medicare
Providence Health Plans
Regence BCBS
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