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Diabetes Specialist

Angela Willis, MD -  - Family Medicine

Angela Willis MD Family Practice

Angela Willis, MD

Family Medicine located in Hermitage, TN

Type 2 diabetes is often preventable, but first you have to know that you’re at risk and take steps to stop it as early as possible. Dr. Angela Willis provides the services you need to prevent and treat diabetes at Angela Willis MD Family Practice in Hermitage, Tennessee. Our comprehensive services include diabetes education, help with diet and nutrition, and prescription medications when necessary.

Diabetes Q&A

Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes?

A risk factor is something that makes you more likely to develop a health condition. You can control many of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and when you do, you can often prevent the disease from developing. The controllable risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • An unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood levels of good cholesterol (HDL)
  • High blood levels of triglycerides

There are a few risk factors for type 2 diabetes you can’t change or control, such as age, ethnicity, and a family history of the disease. But even if you match all of these factors, you can still prevent or delay diabetes by following a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a normal weight, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

What health problems develop if you don’t control diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body can’t produce or respond to the hormone insulin. Without insulin, levels of blood sugar stay higher than normal, which can lead to serious complications such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Nerve damage (causing blindness, foot infections, and amputations)
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin infections
  • Eye damage or blindness

Women can also develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. If it goes untreated and blood sugar stays elevated, it can cause the baby to grow too big or have very low blood sugar after birth.

The thing to remember about diabetes complications is that they’re similar to type 2 diabetes because they develop gradually over time. As a result, you have time to prevent them if you take steps to keep blood sugar under control.

How does Dr. Willis help you prevent or treat diabetes?

Dr. Willis considers the whole person, which includes your lifestyle habits and overall health, then creates a plan that fits each person’s individual needs. Some people with type 2 diabetes may need medications to control blood sugar. If that’s the case, Dr. Willis will get you started on the right medication to fit your health needs. However, a balanced diet, proper nutrition, and maintaining a healthy weight are essential for everyone who needs to prevent or treat diabetes.

Following a diet that eliminates processed carbs, desserts, and sweetened beverages is the key to maintaining normal blood sugar. You only need to lose 5-7% of your starting weight to prevent or delay diabetes. That works out to losing 10-14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds.

Insurance

We work with the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
HealthSmart
Humana
Medicare
Multiplan
Multiplan PHCS
Mutual of Omaha
MVP Health Care
Physicians Mutual
TennCare
Tricare Prime
United Healthcare