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Diabetes Specialist

Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC -  - Advanced Practice Nurse

Optimal Health Medical Clinic

Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse located in Mesa, AZ

An estimated 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, and many have no idea they are living with the disease. At Optimal Health Medical Clinic, Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC, and the team offer comprehensive diabetes testing and management, helping you bring your blood-sugar numbers closer to a healthy range. Get back to a more active and healthy life by scheduling an appointment by calling the Mesa, AZ office today to get started.

Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic illness characterized by excess glucose in your blood. To understand how diabetes occurs, it helps to think about how your body converts food into energy.

Every time you eat, your body works to break food down into usable components. The carbohydrates you consume are converted into glucose, which is released into your bloodstream for either immediate use or storage.

For glucose to enter your cells, a hormone called insulin must be present. People with diabetes either don’t create insulin or cannot manufacture enough insulin, or cannot make proper use of the produced amount. 

Without sufficient insulin, the glucose from food gets “locked out” of your cells and forced to circulate in your bloodstream, often reaching dangerously high levels. 

Some people are born with Type 1 diabetes, a condition where your autoimmune system mistakenly attacks your pancreas, preventing insulin production. Type 2 diabetes is far more common and is linked with obesity, genetics, and environmental factors.

What are the health risks associated with diabetes?

High blood sugar places an enormous strain on virtually all of your organs and systems and can create widespread health problems. Some of the issues linked to diabetes include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Foot problems
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Skin conditions 

These are just some of the health issues linked to diabetes. Finding the right management plan can go a long way toward reducing your risk of these severe complications.

What are some treatments for diabetes?

Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Your practitioner works with you to create a treatment plan that fits your exact set of needs and your lifestyle. Medication may play a role in managing your diabetes, but Optimal Health Medical Clinic makes every effort to keep your blood glucose at a healthy level through lifestyle modifications.

Lifestyle modifications can play a significant role in treating diabetes. Meaningful changes can improve your diabetes and overall health. In some cases, supplemental insulin is the best way to control diabetes. You may need to implement blood sugar monitoring to track changes throughout the day.

When you’re ready to explore the treatment options, call Optimal Health Medical Clinic today. Online scheduling is also an option and allows you to set up a visit from the comfort of home any time of day or night.