Diabetes

Cupid Family Practice

Melissa J. Cupid, M.D.

Family Medicine located in Charlotte, NC

If you’re one of the 29 million women, men, and children in the United States that struggle to control diabetes, Melissa J. Cupid, MD, can help. At Cupid Family Practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Cupid specializes in managing conditions like diabetes to ensure you receive the highest level of care and attention. Dr. Cupid offers lifestyle support and medication therapies to control Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, so you can live life to the fullest. Schedule an appointment online or call the office directly to learn more about diabetes management options.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that affects the way your body uses the glucose, or blood sugar, received from the food you eat. Glucose is the building block of energy your body needs to fuel the cells of your muscles, tissues, and brain. There are two primary types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

In cases of Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce insulin, the hormone necessary to break down the glucose in your blood. Type 1 diabetes often develops in childhood, but is also common in adults due to the immune system attacking insulin-producing beta cells.

Type 2 diabetes

In cases of Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin to break down glucose or doesn’t use the insulin it produces to control your blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age, especially in those aged older than 40.

Type 2 diabetes has often been linked to a poor diet, lack of exercise, and being overweight.

Other types of diabetes

Prediabetes and gestational diabetes are two other types of this disease. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Gestational diabetes is when you develop diabetes during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes symptoms can vary depending on how the level of your blood sugar, but Type 1 diabetes tends to cause more severe symptoms. Symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Unexplained weight loss

Blood sugar levels that remain too high can cause major, long-term health problems, including nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, and kidney damage.

What treatment options are available for diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes requires daily insulin injections to keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range and regular, at-home blood testing.

For Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, Dr. Cupid may initially recommend lifestyle changes to help manage your blood sugar. These changes may include eating a healthier diet, getting sufficient daily exercise, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

If these lifestyle changes don’t control your blood sugar, Dr. Cupid may prescribe medication.

To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, schedule a consultation online or call the office to learn more.