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Diabetes Specialist

Victor Soriano, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Primary Care

Soriano Med

Victor Soriano, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Cocoa, FL

As many as 100 million Americans are impacted by diabetes and prediabetes. To ensure your Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is well-controlled, Victor Soriano, MD, and the staff at Soriano Med offer comprehensive, consistent care at their Cocoa, Florida, office. Whether you need daily insulin therapy or would benefit from a medically supervised weight loss program, the medical team designs a care plan to keep your sugar levels in a healthy range and prevent long-term health complications, like heart disease. Find out more about available diabetes management services today by calling Soriano Med or by requesting an appointment online now.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body processes sugars it gets from your diet. In a healthy body, your body produces the insulin hormone to convert sugar into the energy you need to live. When you have diabetes, there’s dysfunction in this process that leads to chronically high blood sugar levels that can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease and premature death.

There are four main types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce insulin to convert sugar to energy or regulate your blood sugar levels. This condition is often first diagnosed in childhood but can also develop in adulthood and usually is the result of genetics or dysfunction in your pancreas, the organ that produces insulin.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use the insulin it has, to properly control blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes typically results from a poor diet and an inactive lifestyle.

Prediabetes

In prediabetes, you have persistently elevated blood sugar levels which aren’t high enough to be considered diabetes. This condition increases your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes if not managed properly.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition that affects pregnant women, causing elevated blood sugar levels that ultimately resolve after childbirth.

How is diabetes diagnosed?

If you have symptoms of diabetes, including increased thirst, unexplained weight loss, or chronic fatigue, the Soriano Med staff may request blood work to measure your blood sugar levels.

You may also need routine blood work to screen for diabetes if you have a family history of the disease, even if you don’t have symptoms, during your annual physical.

How is diabetes treated?

Treating Type 1 diabetes requires daily insulin medications to keep your blood sugar well-controlled. Your Soriano Med provider also requests routine blood work to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment and can provide you with resources for testing your blood sugar at home several times a day.

If you have Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, the Soriano Med staff first focus on necessary dietary improvements and increased activity to lower your blood sugar levels naturally. They can also work with you on a weight loss plan to reduce weight-related health complications and the need to treat your Type 2 diabetes with medications.

In the event lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your Soriano Med provider may prescribe medications and monitors your blood sugar levels through in-house HbA1c blood testing that shows your average blood sugar levels for a three-month period.

Schedule a consultation to learn more about diabetes management services by calling Soriano Med today or by requesting an appointment online.

Notes:

Focus on lifestyle changes before medications including potential resolution of T2DM by weightloss and nutritional habits changes. When medications are needed, we monitor in house HbA1c