Diabetes Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, with the most common form being Type 2 diabetes. At Lyons Family Care, Dr. Ebonee Lyons takes a comprehensive approach to diabetes care that treats the whole person. Treatments at the Hoover, Alabama, practice include oral and injectable medications. Find out how Dr. Lyons can enhance your well-being by calling or booking a consultation online today.

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when blood sugar, or glucose, builds up in your blood, leading to serious health problems. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or doesn’t use the insulin it makes in a healthy fashion. When this happens, the amount of sugar in your blood multiplies.

Diabetes comes in two forms. The most common is Type 2, which usually arises from a combination of environmental factors and family history. Type 1 diabetes also runs in families and is linked to environmental factors, but is more common in children and adolescents.

Diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attacks. With the right care, you can still enjoy a good quality of life with this chronic condition.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The symptoms of diabetes are often confused with other health complaints. Here are common signs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:

  • Intense thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weight loss without dieting
  • Need to urinate often
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Blurry vision

With diabetes, you may notice you’re getting infections on your skin and elsewhere more often, or have sores that are slow to heal.

What are the complications of diabetes?

Diabetes raises your risk of getting certain medical conditions, some quite serious. These include:

  • Heart disease and heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Glaucoma and cataracts
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputations

How is diabetes diagnosed?

Blood tests are commonly used to measure your glucose levels and diagnose diabetes. Dr. Lyons may recommend one of these tests for you:

  • A1C: Measures the average glucose level over the past 2-3 months
  • Fasting plasma glucose: Analyzes your glucose level after you’ve fasted for at least eight hours
  • Oral glucose tolerance: Tests your glucose level before and two hours after you drink a specific sweet drink

You should expect Dr. Lyons to perform a repeat test to confirm your diagnosis.

How is diabetes treated?

Dr. Lyons will talk with you about managing your diabetes with diet and exercise, and monitoring your blood sugar levels.

Depending on the type of diabetes you have, Dr. Lyons creates a plan to manage your insulin levels. Together, you’ll discuss options that include fast-acting insulin, long-acting insulin, and alternatives that are somewhere in between.

Some of your treatment options include:

  • Metformin: Oral medication to treat high glucose levels
  • Insulin: Can be taken in a shot or with an injection pen
  • Injected medications: Stimulate your pancreas to make and release more insulin

If you’re seeking comprehensive care for diabetes, call today or schedule a consultation online with Lyons Family Care.