Diabetes

Valley Endocrine

Endocrinologists located in Fresno, CA

Have you seen an endocrinologist for your diabetes? If not, you really should. Consider making an appointment with Paul Norwood, MD, at Valley Endocrine in Fresno, California. He’s a skilled endocrinologist and renowned expert in diagnosing and successfully treating diabetes. Valley Endocrine, in fact, is the world’s largest pharmaceutical research facility for diabetes. That’s because Dr. Norwood is passionate about finding the best treatment strategies possible for diabetes. He can review and improve your current treatment or set you up with a new strategy. Call Valley Endocrine today or schedule your visit online.

Diabetes Q & A

Valley Endocrine

What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make or use the hormone insulin properly. This causes too much sugar (glucose) to build up in your blood.

Most of the cells in your body use glucose, along with proteins and fats, for energy. Glucose is, in fact, your brain’s number one source of fuel. Insulin is the key that unlocks your cells and enables them to process glucose and use it as needed.

What happens when you have diabetes?

When you don’t have enough insulin in your blood, or your cells are resistant to its effects, glucose stays in your bloodstream and causes your blood sugar to rise to unhealthy levels.

Your body needs glucose but doesn’t function well with too much of it floating around in your system. Persistently high blood sugar, for instance, can cause your kidneys to go into overdrive to get rid of the excess. This can eventually cause kidney damage.

And if glucose remains in your bloodstream rather than moving into your cells where it’s needed, your muscles, liver, skin, digestive system, brain ― essentially all your organ systems begin to lose their ability to function and keep you healthy. This is what leads to complications often associated with diabetes, like heart disease, nerve damage, and loss of eyesight.

How is diabetes related to endocrinology?

Your endocrine system consists of several glands or organs that produce hormones, including insulin. This vital hormone is produced in the pancreas and released into your bloodstream as necessary to signal cells to open their doors to circulating glucose.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas is producing very little insulin or none at all. If you have Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, your pancreas is producing too little insulin, or your cells aren’t responding to it as they should. Either way, it’s an endocrine issue that’s often best served by an endocrinologist.  

Because diabetes continues to be a prevalent and growing concern in the United States, new and better treatments are being developed every day to treat diabetes and prevent the damage it can cause to your body. Dr. Paul Norwood is aware of the newest, most effective, and safest therapies available for diabetes.

Whether diabetes is a new diagnosis for you or your current treatment plan isn’t working for you, Dr. Norwood can help. Call for an appointment or schedule a visit online.