Diabetes Care Specialist

MetroBest Clinic

Medical Office & Primary Care Practice located in Washington, DC

Every year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. Having a diabetes care plan in place to manage your symptoms and blood sugar is essential. If you have diabetes symptoms or need help controlling your diabetes, make an appointment with Milca Kaplan, CRNP at MetroBest Clinic. Serving men and women in the Washington, D.C. area, Milca provides personalized care to every person she sees. Make an appointment to see her today by calling her office or scheduling a consultation online.

Diabetes Care Q & A

MetroBest Clinic

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which your body doesn’t produce any or enough insulin, a hormone that helps your body use and process sugar.

When you eat food, your body processes the sugar, also known as glucose, for energy. If you have diabetes, and your body doesn’t produce the proper amount of insulin, sugar stays in your cells, raising your blood sugar levels.

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 is when your body doesn’t produce insulin at all. Type 1 usually occurs in children or young adults. If you have Type 2, your body doesn’t respond well to insulin and doesn’t produce enough of it.

Diabetes care offered by Milca helps manage symptoms and maintain normal blood glucose levels.

What are symptoms of diabetes?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, be sure to make an appointment with Milca for evaluation:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden mood swings (Type 1)
  • Numbness in hands and feet (Type 2)

How is diabetes diagnosed?

To diagnose diabetes, Milca will test your blood sugar levels. There are multiple types of testing options, and she will choose the best one for you based on your circumstances. If the tests show elevated glucose levels, these results will help Milca diagnose you.

Am I at risk for diabetes?

Though diabetes can affect anybody, some factors can put you at increased risk of developing diabetes. These risks include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • A family history of diabetes
  • Having been diagnosed with prediabetes (meaning your blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be Type 2 diabetes)
  • Are older (Type 2)

How can I control my diabetes?

You can personally participate in your diabetes care.

Weight control can help manage diabetes symptoms, as obese people are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Milca will recommend dieting tips and teach you which foods you should and shouldn’t eat if you have diabetes or are prediabetic.

You can also control your diabetes by staying active and taking care of your health. Make annual eye doctor and dental appointments to keep to watch for issues that can arise from diabetes.

Other things you can do to control your diabetes are:

  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Stop using tobacco products
  • Keep your immunizations up to date
  • Seek counseling and support

If you’re experiencing diabetes symptoms or need diabetes care, contact Milca Kaplan at MetroBest Clinic. Schedule your appointment online or call her office.