Diabetes Specialist

Virtue Medical

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Lee’s Summit, MO

Over 34 million people in the US have diabetes, and one in five of them doesn’t yet know it. At Virtue Medical in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Chad Sharky, DO, and his team specialize in diabetes management and monitoring for members. With a membership, you have access to in-office testing and treatment as well as telemedicine and online medication dispensing for your convenience. Call the office, or book an appointment online for diabetes management today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

As a chronic health condition, diabetes lasts for the rest of your life. To avoid detrimental health effects, you’ll need to manage the disease properly. At Virtue Medical, the team evaluates you to confirm your diabetes diagnosis, identify complications from the condition, and help you manage it effectively.

Though there are several types of diabetes, all of them affect the way your body processes the sugar in your blood, or glucose. The result is too much blood sugar in your system, which can result in damage to various organs and systems throughout your body, if left unchecked. 

A hormone called insulin that your pancreas produces facilitates the delivery of glucose to your cells, which use it for the energy they need to function. If your body doesn’t make enough insulin or if it doesn’t use the insulin effectively, diabetes is often the result.

What are the differences between the two main types of diabetes?

The two main types of diabetes are called type 1 and type 2. There is a third type called gestational diabetes that develops during pregnancy, but usually goes away after the birth occurs. However, if you get gestational diabetes, you’re at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on. 

There are several key differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, meaning it stems from a complication with your immune system. Your immune system attacks the pancreatic cells that make insulin so that you can no longer make it. With type 1 diabetes, you must take insulin daily to make up for your body’s lack of it.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is often diagnosed later in life than type 1. If you have it, your body still makes insulin, but either doesn’t make enough of it to process the amount of sugar in your blood or doesn’t use it effectively. This type is linked to obesity and is often manageable without the use of insulin. 

How can I manage my diabetes?

The Virtue Medical team helps members with diabetes management with no limitations on office visits. They also provide blood testing to monitor your diabetes and make sure your treatment is effective. Depending on the type and severity of your diabetes, your management plan might involve:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Taking insulin
  • Oral medications
  • Blood tests
  • Smoking cessation
  • A diabetes meal plan
  • Physical activity

The team at Virtue Medical is dedicated to helping you and other members avoid health complications from diabetes, like diabetic neuropathy, eye problems, foot problems, and heart complications. 

To learn more about diabetes and how effective diabetes management works, call Virtue Medical, or request an appointment online today.