Diabetes Specialist

Salem Wellness Clinic

Naturopathic Doctors & Primary Care Practices located in Salem, OR

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can be life-threatening. At Salem Wellness Clinic in Salem, Oregon, Dr. Laika Rodriguez and Rebecca Kelly, FNP help patients with diabetes maintain healthy blood glucose levels. They provide the support diabetic patients need to develop a healthier lifestyle and avoid dangerous complications. If your diabetes has been difficult to manage, nutritional counseling and preventive care services at Salem Wellness Clinic can help. Call today or book an appointment online!

Diabetes Q & A

Salem Wellness Clinic

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects your body's ability to process glucose. A healthy human body produces a hormone called insulin, which helps turn food into glucose, so it can be used for energy.

People with diabetes may not produce enough insulin or any insulin at all. Over time, glucose can build up in your body and, if left untreated, can cause serious health problems. Poorly-controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, cardiovascular disease, and more.

What are some symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms of diabetes may include:

  • Unusual thirst or hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Vision changes
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Dry skin

Diabetes can also affect your body’s ability to heal. People with diabetes are more prone to infections and often have cuts or sores that are slow to heal.

How is diabetes treated?

Your diabetes treatment will depend on which type of diabetes you have. There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1
  • Type 2
  • Gestational diabetes

Type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood or adolescence. In patients with Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin, so daily insulin shots may be required.

Type 2 diabetes typically develops in adulthood. People with Type 2 diabetes produce some insulin, but their body doesn't use insulin effectively. Lifestyle factors, like obesity, can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and often resolves on its own after giving birth. However, women with gestational diabetes may be more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later on in life.

How can Salem Wellness Clinic providers help with diabetes?

Maintaining healthy eating habits is a critical part of diabetes management. Doctors like Dr. Laika Rodriguez and Family Nurse Practitioners like Rebecca Kelly help their patients develop an eating plan that stabilizes blood glucose levels.

Many other lifestyle factors, such as dietary supplements, regular exercise, and stress reduction can help prevent diabetes complications. Our providers provide their patients with the guidance they need to develop a healthier lifestyle.

If you're struggling to manage your diabetes, our providers can help you get back on track. Call Salem Wellness Clinic today or book an appointment online!