Prediabetes is a serious health concern, but it’s also reversible with proper treatment and care. Experienced nurse practitioner Melissa Prince, C-ANP, MSN, offers prediabetes management through telehealth visits for residents living in and around Scottsdale, Arizona. If you need help managing prediabetes, call the office of Melissa Prince CANP, Endocrinology, or book a telehealth visit online today.
All forms of diabetes involve a problem converting food into energy. When you eat, your body converts a portion of that food into a type of sugar called glucose. A hormone called insulin allows glucose to enter your cells, where it works to fuel cellular function.
In people with Type 1 diabetes, this autoimmune condition prevents the pancreas from producing insulin. In those with Type 2 diabetes, insulin volume is insufficient, or your cells can’t properly use insulin. Glucose gradually builds up in your bloodstream, rising to dangerous levels.
Prediabetes is a condition that precludes a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Early intervention and proper treatment can reverse prediabetes and decrease your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Getting screened for prediabetes is a simple and straightforward process. A simple blood test is used to determine if you have high glucose levels in your blood.
Prediabetes and diabetes don’t always present clear symptoms, which is why routine screening is such an important part of your overall health and wellness. When symptoms are present, they might include:
If you notice any of these changes, schedule a diagnostic assessment to determine if you have prediabetes.
While prediabetes is a serious health issue, it’s also reversible if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. Under the guidance of a highly skilled practitioner like Melissa, you can take steps to bring your blood sugar down to healthy levels.
Some of the ways to achieve this goal include:
If you have a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, medications can help manage your blood sugar. You might only need drug therapy for a short period, or until your prediabetes condition improves.
To learn more about prediabetes treatment and diabetes prevention, call the office of Melissa Prince CANP, Endocrinology, to book a telehealth visit today. Online scheduling is also an option.