Diabetes Specialists

First Care Medical Clinic -  - Family Practice

First Care Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Charlotte, Albemarle, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC

If you’re among the millions of people affected by diabetes in the United States, the expert care team at First Care Medical Clinic is here to help. With locations in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Monroe, Charlotte, Albemarle, and Gastonia, North Carolina, patients throughout these communities have access to First Care Medical Clinic’s expertise in diabetes treatment. The medical team is skilled at screening for diabetes and helping you manage the condition. For expert care when it comes to diabetes, call today or book an appointment using the online tool.

Diabetes Q & A

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses the hormone insulin to transport sugar from your bloodstream into cells so they can use it for energy. When blood sugar levels remain high and out of control, you’re at increased risk for long-term health conditions, like damage to your nerves, blood vessels, kidneys, and eyes.

The two primary types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

  • Type 1 Diabetes: In Type 1 diabetes, your immune system mistakenly attacks cells in your pancreas responsible for producing insulin, leaving you unable to produce any insulin.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: In Type 2 diabetes, you don’t make enough insulin or your body isn’t using the insulin it makes properly.

Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels remain consistently high, but not high enough to be considered full-blown Type 2 diabetes.

How is Diabetes Diagnosed?

Your First Care Medical Clinic provider can quickly diagnose diabetes through a simple, in-office blood test. 

You may need a diabetes screening if you have symptoms of diabetes, like increased thirst or hunger and unexplained weight changes. Your doctor may also recommend routine diabetes testing if you have a family history of the disease.

How is Diabetes Treated and Managed?

To ensure your diabetes is properly managed, the First Care Medical Clinic team customizes your treatment plan based on the type of diabetes you have and your overall health.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need daily insulin to keep sugar levels well-controlled. Your First Care Medical Clinic provider gives you guidance on monitoring your blood sugar levels several times a day using at-home blood sugar testing equipment.

For prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, your First Care Medical Clinic provider may initially recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to lower your blood sugar naturally. By exercising, eating a carbohydrate-controlled diet, and losing weight, you may be able to prevent the need for medication and still keep your blood sugar under control. You also need to monitor blood sugar levels daily by testing at home.

If these changes aren’t enough to control sugar levels, your First Care Medical Clinic provider may prescribe medications. The medical team can establish a timeline for routine, in-office checkups to evaluate your overall health and the effectiveness of your treatment.

If you need reliable care to help you stay in control of your diabetes, call the First Care Medical Clinic nearest you today or request an appointment online now. You can also visit the clinic as a walk-in for a diabetes screening.