Diabetes Specialist

Oliver Family Healthcare

Family Medicine Physicians located in Indianapolis, IN

When you’re among the 10% of the men, women, and children in the US who have diabetes, you need an advocate who helps you stay healthy and keeps your disease in check. Gregory A. Oliver, DO and his associates at Oliver Family Healthcare in Indianapolis, Indiana are committed to helping you improve your diabetes while increasing your overall well-being. If you live in the Indianapolis area and are looking for diabetes care delivered with compassion and a joyful spirit, contact the experts at Oliver Family Healthcare by phone or with the email form.

Diabetes

Oliver Family Healthcare

What’s diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Your pancreas is a six-inch long organ located behind your stomach.

Your body uses insulin to bring glucose from digested food into your cells, where it’s converted to fuel. If you don’t have enough insulin, the glucose can’t fuel the cells and remains circulating in your bloodstream. High blood glucose is also called hyperglycemia or high blood sugar.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is most often diagnosed in children and young adults. This condition affects only 1 of 10 people with diabetes. Although it's unpreventable, you can control it.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type and affects 9 in 10 of the men, women, and children with diabetes. When you have this condition, your pancreas stops producing sufficient levels of insulin. Type 2 diabetes is often related to your lifestyle, so you can prevent and control it through a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, and as many as 9% of expectant mothers develop this condition. Researchers suspect that hormone changes during pregnancy may trigger insulin resistance.


What increases my risk for diabetes?

Several controllable and uncontrollable factors can increase your risk for diabetes. You’re more likely to develop diabetes if you:

  • Are over 40
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Have an autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol
  • Injured or had surgery on your pancreas
  • Are overweight, inactive, smoke tobacco, or drink alcohol in excess
  • Have a history of gestational diabetes
  • Are pregnant, particularly with a baby weighing 9 lbs. or more

Dr. Oliver and his associates at Oliver Family Healthcare test your blood sugar during your annual exam so they can identify diabetes as early as possible.

How can I treat diabetes types 1 and 2?

A healthy diet and exercise program helps you to control diabetes and avoid serious consequences, such as blindness and limb loss. Your experts at Oliver Family Healthcare create a customized lifestyle and medication plan and may also recommend nutritional supplements and vitamins to optimize your health.

If you’re at risk for diabetes or having trouble managing your disease, get help from the Oliver Family Healthcare team. You can call or use the online form to book an appointment anytime.

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