Diabetes Specialist

Family First Wellness

Samantha Lindsay, MD

Family Medicine & Medical Spa located in Lutz, FL

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but the more alarming number are the 84 million Americans who are considered prediabetic. At Family First Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, takes a proactive approach to diabetes by helping patients in Lutz, Florida, better manage the condition through medications, diet, and exercise. For expert management of your diabetes, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

There are several types of diabetes, which is a catchall term for any condition that prevents you from regulating the level of glucose in your blood because of not enough insulin or insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas, which directs the sugar in your blood to where it needs to go and then carts off the excess.

If you’re insulin resistant or your pancreas isn’t producing enough (or any) insulin, glucose doesn’t get to where it needs to go and, instead, builds up dangerously in your bloodstream.

There are two main types of diabetes, including:

Type 1 diabetes

This form of the disease affects about 1.25 million people in the US and is considered an autoimmune problem in which your body mistakenly attacks your insulin-producing cells.

Type 2 diabetes

This type of diabetes accounts for the majority of diagnoses and occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin and your pancreas is unable to produce enough to overcome the resistance.

No matter which type of diabetes you have, the bottom line is that sugars build up in your blood, which can have very serious implications.

What are the health complications that arise from diabetes?

The health complications that stem from diabetes are very serious, and even life-threatening. As the sugar builds up in your bloodstream, it can lead to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Neuropathy, or nerve damage
  • Vision loss
  • Kidney damage

As you can see by this list, diabetes can have an incredibly dangerous and widespread impact on your health unless it’s properly managed.

How is diabetes treated?

Dr. Lindsay understands that diabetes can be controlled, but it takes a multi-pronged approach that requires your involvement. As part of her treatment plan, Dr. Lindsay typically recommends:

  • Medications to control your glucose
  • Better diet
  • Exercise
  • Vigilant oversight

While the medications can be effective, nothing beats tackling diabetes through diet and exercise, which have been shown to greatly improve diabetes and, in some cases, put it into remission.

If you do your part and work with Dr. Lindsay toward a healthier lifestyle, you can gain the upper hand on your diabetes and prevent the many serious complications associated with the disease.

For help managing your diabetes, call Family First Wellness or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.