It’s estimated that more than 30 million Americans have diabetes. In the past decade, the number has jumped considerably. 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, only about half of diabetes patients have their disease under control. And control is the key word here. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health complications. That’s the reason why Riverside Medical Clinic is pleased to offer a Comprehensive Diabetes Center to help you gain control.
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (blood sugar) in the blood. To understand the idea better, we can start with how glucose and insulin are supposed to work together. Glucose is an important source of energy for your cells. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel. Glucose comes from the food you eat and your liver makes it, too. Insulin can be thought of as the key that opens the cells for the glucose to enter. Glucose is produced by your pancreas. It also helps to regulate the amount of sugar in your bloodstream at any given time.
Genetics and environmental factors can cause your insulin and glucose production levels to get out of whack so that sugar builds up in your bloodstream instead of moving to your cells where it’s needed. This, in a nutshell, is the onset of diabetes. Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar/glucose. There are different types, including Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes.
Riverside Medical Clinic’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center is a terrific resource for helping you learn, manage and treat this disease. We believe that patient information is the key to successful management of diabetes. We can help you understand how different aspects of your lifestyle can affect your blood glucose levels.
We’re here to dispel any myths and misconceptions you may have. You’ve probably heard stories from relatives, co-workers and well-meaning friends about how they knew someone years ago who had diabetes. Things have changed a lot! Research has made treatment easier, with fewer pills and fewer injections. Did you know there are over 170 different medicines currently in production to treat diabetes? There are even smartphone apps to help you that weren’t around ten years ago.
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The Comprehensive Diabetes Center is located at
Riverside Medical Clinic
7117 Brockton Ave.
Please call (951) 782-6236 for more information.