Diabetes Specialist

Gladstone A. Payton, DO

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging located in Mt. Clemens, MI

When your blood sugar is consistently too high, as with diabetes, you’re at risk of serious complications. At the practice of Gladstone A. Payton, DO located in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Dr. Payton evaluates and manages your diabetes so you can live the highest quality of life possible with this chronic disease. Call the office or book an appointment online to receive management and treatment plans to help you live with diabetes.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels and irregularities in your body’s ability to produce insulin, a hormone that helps regulate glucose, or blood sugar, levels.

Type 1 diabetes is a form in which your immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Usually, type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in your youth or young adulthood and you need to replace insulin to regulate your blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body doesn’t respond to insulin as it should due to many years of overstimulation. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adulthood but is increasingly occurring in children. Lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and exercise, can help you manage the condition. In some cases, however, you may need medications to help regulate your blood sugar levels.

Why should I get tested for diabetes?

If you have symptoms that suggest diabetes, such as increased thirst, unexplained weight loss or gain, fatigue, and slow-healing sores or infections, you should have your blood sugar levels tested and monitored at the office of Gladstone A. Payton, DO. This lab work may show elevated blood sugar levels that indicate prediabetes, which can be controlled with lifestyle changes. The right treatment plan can even help you avoid the development of full-blown diabetes.

If your blood sugar levels indicate you have diabetes, Dr. Payton can help you develop a treatment plan to prevent serious complications.

What are the complications associated with diabetes?

Diabetes poses very real risks to your long-term health. High glucose levels can lead to serious problems including;

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye problems
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Foot problems
  • Dental disease

By controlling your diabetes with treatments provided by Dr. Payton, you can reduce your risks of developing these health problems associated with diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?

Dr. Payton treats diabetes by helping you understand healthy life habits, such as a balanced diet, greater physical activity, and the maintenance of a healthy weight, that can help keep your blood sugar under control. He also provides medications, when necessary, to manage glucose levels.

For a comprehensive diabetes treatment plan, call the office of Gladstone A. Payton, DO or book an appointment online.