Specialized diabetes treatment in Hopewell, Virginia

When you have diabetes, it is important to manage you health. At John Randolph Medical Center, our diabetes specialists are here to help you control your diabetes with education and comprehensive care that suits your needs.

To find a diabetes specialists, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), 30 million people in the U. S. have diabetes, and 7 million people are undiagnosed and aren't aware until they are treated for other illnesses or diseases.

Types of diabetes

There are various types of diabetes. Some types are more prevalent than others but still require health management and treatment. The different types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 diabetes—previously known to be "juvenile diabetes," but is more common in adults
  • Type 2 diabetes—risk for this type increases as you get older, especially after 45 years old.
  • Type 3 diabetes—linked to Alzheimer's disease
  • Gestational diabetes—occurs during pregnancy
  • Prediabetes—high blood sugar levels that aren't high enough to be considered diabetes

Diabetes symptoms

Diabetic symptoms will vary depending on how elevated your blood sugar levels are. People who have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes may not experience symptoms initially.

Symptoms for diabetes can include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Blurred vision

Diabetes health complications

Diabetes—if not treated and managed properly—can lead to several complications. Some of the complications you could experience include:

  • Heart disease
  • Blindness
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Amputations
  • Diabetic wounds and ulcers
  • Nerve damage
  • Decline in oral health and hygiene
  • Eye disease

These complications can be prevented if you are physically active and maintain healthy blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure and cholesterol levels and visit your provider for necessary screening tests.