Diabetes Specialist

Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center -  - Family Medicine

Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Fayetteville, GA

Losing weight can improve your body’s blood sugar levels and reduce your long-term risk to complications of diabetes. Gregory W. Valentine, MD, of Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center in Fayetteville, Georgia, and serving Greater Atlanta, supports you throughout the long-term management of your diabetes, and he personalizes your weight loss plan with your diabetes in mind. For diabetes-specific weight loss and long-term management, call or book an appointment with his office today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that affects how your body processes and utilizes glucose. Glucose is the primary fuel for every system of the body.

Diabetes is a problem with your levels of insulin, which is produced by the pancreas and is required for processing and distributing glucose. Without adequate amounts of insulin, glucose accumulates in the blood instead of being used by the body, causing chronically high blood sugar.

High blood sugar levels are very damaging to the tissues of the body. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause an increased risk of many health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, and chronic infections.

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are two main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes: An autoimmune condition that involves the body’s own antibodies attacking the pancreas, which is then unable to produce insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes: Some insulin production but inadequate for your body’s needs, may be managed with diet and medication

Being obese or overweight could increase your risk for having both types of diabetes. Once you have diabetes, excessive weight can make your blood sugar difficult to control with diet, medications, or insulin.

How does excess weight affect my diabetes?

When you’re overweight, the extra pounds can place higher demands on every system of your body, including your pancreas. Excess weight or obesity causes the body to work even harder, which requires more glucose and more insulin.

Obesity can increase your body’s inability to keep up with the demand for insulin production, which often leads to Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that weight loss can give you improved control over your blood sugar, and may even cure your Type 2 diabetes.

How can weight loss help my diabetes?

When you have diabetes, the reduction of your body weight by 10% can improve your body’s use of insulin and management of blood sugar. Other benefits include:

  • Improved results from diabetes-related A1C testing
  • Increased energy levels
  • Better control of blood sugar
  • Decreased risk of long-term diabetes complications
  • Decreased risk for heart disease and stroke

When you have diabetes, weight loss should be monitored by a physician to ensure your blood sugar levels, medications, and insulin doses are appropriate for your body’s needs. Dr. Valentine ensures your weight loss plan is safe and effective, so you can focus on improving your health and overall wellness.

For a consultation about your diabetes and weight loss, call or schedule an appointment with Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center.