Diabetes

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD -  - Internist

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD

Internist located in Quad Cities, Moline, IL

When you have diabetes, your primary care doctor is an essential part of your ongoing plan to protect yourself against long-term severe complications. Hanumantha R. Kolusu, MD, of the Quad Cities offers expert treatment and ongoing support of type 1 and type 2 diabetes from his practice, H R Kolusu MDPC, in Moline, Illinois. For a consultation and personalized treatment plan, call or schedule an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disorder that affects every system of the body. Diabetes is a malfunction of the pancreas, the organ responsible for producing insulin. Insulin is the hormone necessary for metabolizing glucose, which is the primary fuel for every vital process in the body.

In healthy people, insulin converts the glucose that you ingest in food to usable energy and helps deliver it to the body where needed. When the pancreas does not produce an adequate amount of insulin, glucose collects in the bloodstream rather than being used by the body, causing high blood sugar.

Chronically high blood sugars are incredibly damaging to the tissues and body systems because cells can’t function, heal, and reproduce correctly. Over time, uncontrolled diabetes impacts the heart, lungs, brain, skin, immune system, and more.

What are the possible complications of diabetes?

Without proper control of your diabetes, you could suffer from long-term complications, such as:

  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Blood clots and stroke
  • Blindness, caused by retinopathy
  • Neuropathy, or nerve damage
  • Slow-healing wounds and gangrene
  • Limb and toe loss
  • Kidney disease and failure
  • Suppressed or weakened immune system

Your commitment to your health goes a long way in protecting yourself from these potential complications of diabetes.

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the main kinds of diabetes. They differ in the amount of insulin naturally produced by your body.

Type 1 diabetes

With type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin at all or produces an insufficient amount to support your body’s needs. This type of diabetes requires synthetic insulin as treatment, along with dietary restrictions that help limit your intake of sugar.

Type 2 diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, your body produces some insulin, but it may not be enough, because your pancreas does not produce insulin effectively or because your body requires more than normal due to obesity. Type 2 diabetes could improve with weight loss and proper diet control.

Your treatment plan is dependent on the type of diabetes you have.

How is my diabetes treated?

The team at H R Kolusu MDPC is committed to helping you manage your diabetes by offering diabetes-related services, such as:

  • Regular blood sugar checks
  • Routine blood work
  • Diabetic diet support and counseling
  • Weight-loss counseling
  • Skin checks and wound care
  • Regular check-ups and blood tests
  • Annual physical exams

You have the power to take control of your diabetes and reduce your risk of severe complications. Dr. Kolusu and his team are with you every step of the way.

For a consultation regarding your diabetes, call or schedule an appointment online with H R Kolusu MDPC today.