Diabetes Specialist

Primary Care & Family Care in Bladensburg, MD

Diabetes services offered in Bladensburg, MD
Without careful, personalized management, diabetes leaves you at risk of developing nerve damage, ulcers, and other complications. At ABS Clinical Services in Bladensburg, Maryland, Khudsi Tucker, FNP-BC, and the team provide top-tier diabetes care for all three types of the disease and prediabetes. To schedule an initial evaluation and treatment consultation, call ABS Clinical Services or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-term illness that you must manage with ongoing care. There are three main types of the disease that differ in how they arise. All of them affect the way your body turns sugar from your blood, which comes from the food you consume, into energy.

A hormone called insulin facilitates the transfer of glucose (blood sugar) into your cells. Diabetes disrupts this process. The team at ABS Clinical Services can diagnose or treat you for:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes usually shows up in childhood; it is an autoimmune condition. Your immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas, and, as a result, you can’t make the insulin that your body would otherwise use for metabolism. Only about 10% of individuals with diabetes have Type 1. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common. It happens when your body becomes resistant to insulin even though it continues to make it. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is closely associated with your lifestyle and diet. You may receive a diagnosis of prediabetes, which is reversible before you develop Type 2 diabetes. 

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is similar to Type 2 diabetes but only lasts for the duration of pregnancy. Once you give birth, it goes away but leaves you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes later on. 

What are some early symptoms of diabetes?

The three types of diabetes have their differences, but they also share many of the same early symptoms and signs. These signs and symptoms are ambiguous and could indicate many other conditions aside from diabetes. For this reason, you should book an exam with Khudsi and the team at ABS Clinical Services if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurry vision

Other symptoms are specific to different types of diabetes. In order to come to a conclusive diagnosis, the team at ABS Clinical Services goes over your medical history and performs blood glucose testing. 

How can I manage diabetes?

You can manage diabetes with personalized, comprehensive care from ABS Clinical Services. Khudsi and the team collaborate on creating your care plan and supporting you as you take part in it. 

For Type 1 diabetes, you need to monitor your glucose levels and take insulin every day. You can also benefit from improving your diet, getting more exercise, and generally leading a healthy lifestyle. 

Type 2 diabetes benefits most from lifestyle and diet changes. Khudsi carefully plans your dietary changes and can help you implement them. You might also need to take medications or insulin, but insulin is less necessary for those with Type 2 diabetes than it is for those with Type 1. 

ABS Clinical Services can also help you manage any complications from diabetes, such as neuropathy or ulcers.

And if you have prediabetes, losing weight may help stop a future Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The medical weight loss program at ABS Clinical Services is available to help.

Schedule your appointment by calling ABS Clinical Services or booking online today.