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Diabetes Specialist

Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA

James A. Roberts, MD

Family Medicine located in Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, FL

When you have diabetes, it is essential that you have a trusted primary care provider to offer long-term support for your chronic condition. James A. Roberts, MD, provides treatment and services that manage your diabetes at his office, Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA. Serving the Treasure Coast, his office is located in Fort Pierce, Florida. For a consultation regarding your Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that impacts how your body processes glucose, the primary fuel source for every process of your body. Glucose is controlled by a hormone produced in the pancreas called insulin.

With diabetes, insulin production is not adequate for the body’s needs. Low insulin production is a malfunction of the pancreas. When the pancreas is damaged, or the body’s demands for insulin is greater than what the pancreas can produce, there is not enough insulin to properly manage the metabolism and delivery of glucose.

When a shortage of insulin prevents glucose from being used, glucose accumulates in the blood, causing high blood sugar. High blood sugar damages and impairs the processes of the cells, tissues, organs, and major body systems.

What are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are the two main types of diabetes. They differ in how much insulin the body naturally produces.

  • Type 1 diabetes: insulin production is nonexistent or minimal
  • Type 2 diabetes: insulin production is insufficient for the body’s needs

Type 2 diabetes is often due to obesity or an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle. It may be improved or treated effectively with weight loss, diabetic diet, and medication. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition and is most often treated with a diabetic diet, medications, and synthetic insulin.

What are the complications of diabetes?

Diabetes damages the tissues, organs, and body systems. This causes a high risk for severe health conditions, including:

  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Blood clots and stroke
  • Retinopathy, which may cause blindness
  • Neuropathy, or nerve damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Slow-healing wounds or injuries
  • Hearing impairment

As part of your ongoing diabetes management, Dr. Roberts monitors you for risks and symptoms for these potential long-term complications.

How does my primary care doctor support my diabetes care?

Dr. Roberts and the team at Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA offer services that decrease your risk for long-term complications of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Services include:

  • Walk-in blood sugar checks
  • Routine diabetes laboratory testing
  • Diabetic diet counseling
  • Weight-loss counseling
  • Medication management
  • Skin checks and diabetic wound care
  • Annual physicals

Dr. Roberts also oversees your health care team when your diabetes symptoms or complications require support from other health care specialists, including endocrinology, wound care, nephrology (kidney care), neurology, and cardiology (heart care).

For an expert consultation regarding your diabetes, call or schedule an appointment online with Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA.