Diabetes Specialist

Oasis Weight Loss Center

Weight Loss Physicians located in Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. Dean Sloan regularly sees residents of the Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, and Boca Raton areas who suffer from diabetes and pre-diabetes. He has been serving these areas for 16 years, and many of his patients regard Dr. Sloan as an expert in the use of lifestyle medicine for the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Diabetes Q & A

What Precisely is Diabetes?

Diabetes (officially diabetes mellitus) is a medical condition that causes a person’s blood sugar  concentration to rise above normal levels. People who suffer from this disease are unable to process glucose, the sugar in our bloodstream, because their bodies either do not produce or do not properly respond to insulin.

Diabetes cases are classified as either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Both types are lifelong diseases, but they are both treatable.

What is Insulin?

Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and is vital to the movement of glucose from the bloodstream into the body’s cells. The pancreas lies behind the stomach.

What is the Difference Between the Types of Diabetes?

People who suffer from type 1 diabetes are either born with the condition or develop it during childhood. Their bodies destroy the cells that are responsible for producing insulin until their bodies aren’t able to produce insulin at all.

Type 2 diabetes can set in at any time during a person’s life but usually does so in adulthood. People who have type 2 diabetes are able to produce insulin, but their bodies do not properly respond to it. Because the insulin isn’t doing what it is supposed to do, the body produces excess amounts of the hormone to compensate for its diminished activity, and this may eventually result in the exhaustion and failure of the cells that produce insulin.

What Symptoms Are Caused by Diabetes?

Weight gain is often associated with and may trigger and worsen diabetes. Diabetes can cause many symptoms, such as:

  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • Intense feelings of hunger or thirst
  • Significant fatigue
  • Tingling and numbness in the extremities
  • Cuts and bruises that don’t heal

In men, diabetes can even cause erectile dysfunction.

What Should People Look for in a Diabetes Specialist?

When looking for a doctor to treat diabetes, patients should seek care from an endocrinologist or from an internist or family physician who is experienced with the condition. Patients who are overweight may also want to see a healthcare provider who specializes in weight loss treatments, as managing weight is one of the keys to successfully treating diabetes and the other health conditions it can cause.