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Diabetes

Jon Van Der Veer, DO -  - Internal Medicine

Exemplar Care

Jon Van Der Veer, DO

Internal Medicine located in West Des Moines, IA

The lives of 100 million Americans are affected every day by diabetes or pre-diabetes. To keep your blood sugar levels under control, experienced internal medicine physician Jon Van Der Veer, DO, offers comprehensive diabetes management services at Exemplar Care in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Van Der Veer also provides preventive care using in-office diabetes screenings if you have a family history of the disease. Whether you need daily insulin or help making changes to your diet to treat diabetes, schedule a consultation at Exemplar Care today. You can book an appointment online or by phone.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that causes your blood glucose, or sugar, levels to remain too high. There are several types of diabetes, including:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes develops when your body doesn’t make the insulin hormone that helps convert sugar you eat into energy your body needs to function. Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in childhood, but can develop in adulthood.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin to control sugar levels or doesn’t use the insulin it makes properly. Type 2 diabetes is typically the result of a poor diet and inactive lifestyle.

Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. When you have prediabetes, your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes increases.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women, causing their blood sugar levels to remain high throughout pregnancy. This type of diabetes usually resolves on its own after childbirth.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that needs proper management to keep your blood sugars well-controlled. If left untreated, diabetes can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, permanent nerve damage, and premature death.

How is diabetes diagnosed?

Diabetes is diagnosed through an in-office blood test, which allows Dr. Van Der Veer to evaluate your blood sugar levels. You may need blood work if you show signs of diabetes, such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Numbness in hands or feet

Dr. Van Der Veer may also suggest routine diabetes screenings if you have a family history of the disease, as it is hereditary.

How is diabetes treated?

Treatment for diabetes depends on the type you have and your overall health. For Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to take insulin daily, either in pill form or through an injection.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Van Der Veer may initially recommend lifestyle and dietary modifications that lower your blood sugar naturally and keep it well-controlled. If these changes aren’t enough to regulate your blood sugar levels, you may also need daily medications.

The goal of treating prediabetes is to prevent it from progressing to Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Van Der Veer offers comprehensive guidance and educational resources to help you lower blood sugar levels through diet and lifestyle changes. He also may recommend weight-loss strategies to help you shed excess weight that’s compromising your blood sugar levels.

Dr. Van Der Veer requests lab tests to check your A1c levels at least quarterly. You can also check in regularly through text about your blood sugar levels and will receive real-time responses about necessary changes to your insulin therapy.

If you need help managing your diabetes or routine diabetes screenings, schedule a consultation at Exemplar Care online or by calling the office today.