Diabetes is a growing epidemic that affects almost 1 million adults in the state of New Jersey. Rakiyah Jones, DNP, FNP-BC, referred to as Dr. Kai, at Kinfolk Family Health in Montclair, New Jersey, specializes in the management of diabetes. Dr. Kai can provide you with the personalized care you need to get your diabetes under control. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes your blood sugar to be higher than normal. The increase in sugar in your blood damages your blood vessels and organs and may increase your risk of health conditions such as kidney disease, peripheral neuropathy, and heart disease if not well controlled.
The sugar in your blood comes from the food you eat and serves as your body’s preferred source of energy. A growth hormone called insulin, which is made in your pancreas, helps transport the sugar from your blood into your cells to provide needed energy.
If you have diabetes, either your pancreas isn’t making enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or the insulin your pancreas makes can’t seem to get sugar into the cells (Type 2 diabetes). Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes.
Yes, an elevation in blood sugar may cause you to develop various symptoms. However, the severity of your symptoms may depend on the type of diabetes you have. With Type 1 diabetes, your symptoms may be severe and difficult to miss. With Type 2 diabetes, the symptoms may be so subtle you may not recognize them as symptoms of a disease.
Common diabetes symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, Dr. Kai runs a simple blood test to determine if it’s related to an elevation in blood sugar. He then provides treatment to help you manage your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of more serious health complications.
Dr. Kai develops personalized treatment plans to help you manage your diabetes. Because what you eat affects your blood sugar, Dr. Kai focuses his treatment on helping you make changes to your diet to improve blood sugar control.
He uses the highly effective and well-researched DASH diet to help you better understand how food affects your health and blood sugar levels. This diet consists of a healthy balance of foods from all the food groups that aid in blood sugar control and improve overall health. He creates an individualized diet plan that meets your specific health goals and nutritional needs.
For personalized care for your diabetes, call Kinfolk Family Health today or request an appointment online.