Diabetes Specialist

Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc.

Diane M Kushnar, DO

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician located in Parma, OH

Diabetes is a condition that requires careful management to reduce the likelihood of developing serious, potentially life-threatening complications. If you have diabetes, or you haven’t had a screening test for diabetes recently, Diane Kushnar, DO, at Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. in Parma, Ohio, can help. She provides simple onsite blood testing for diabetes and can help you both prevent and manage diabetes for a healthier, longer life. Call Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes? 

Diabetes is an endocrine disorder, which means a problem with hormone production is the cause.

The endocrine system consists of various glands around your body that secrete chemical messengers called hormones. Your pancreas is a gland that produces the hormone insulin. Insulin’s role is to help your body regulate the levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

If your pancreas can’t produce any insulin, it causes type 1 diabetes. This occurs because your immune system mistakenly targets the cells in your pancreas that make insulin and destroys them.

People who have type 1 diabetes more often than not develop it when they’re young. It’s incurable and unpreventable, but with daily insulin treatment, you can lead a long, healthy life. 

Type 1 diabetes is more uncommon than type 2 diabetes, which is preventable.

Why would I get type 2 diabetes?

You’re most likely to get type 2 diabetes from being overweight or obese. Excess body weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes, with other risk factors being:

  • High-sugar diet
  • High-fat diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Aging
  • Heredity

You can’t do a great deal about getting older or having a family history of diabetes, but all the other risk factors for diabetes you can control. If you’re struggling with weight loss or need help with eating a healthier diet, reducing the quantity of alcohol you drink, and exercising safely, Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. can help.

Why should I be worried about having diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that causes numerous complications. These include:

  • Leg ulcers
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney damage (nephropathy)
  • Eye damage (retinopathy)
  • Toe, foot, or leg amputation
  • Skin conditions
  • Hearing problems
  • Depression

These are serious, painful, and, in some cases, potentially life-threatening conditions. Dr. Kushnar at Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. excels in motivating patients to make lifestyle changes that can prevent these complications.

How is type 2 diabetes treated?

Losing weight is key to reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and minimizing the risk of complications. If you need support with losing weight healthily and sustainably, Dr. Kushnar provides medically managed weight loss programs to help you succeed.

Changing your diet, so you eat less fat and sugar and more fresh fruits, vegetables, fiber, and whole foods, is also essential in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. For many people, these measures are enough, but some patients might also need medication as well. Dr. Kushnar also helps you learn how to measure your blood glucose and keep it under control.

Find out more about preventing diabetes and managing it successfully, or arrange a simple diabetes screening test by calling Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.