Diabetes Specialist

Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center

Endocrinologists & Diabetes Specialists located in Nashville, TN

More than 100 million adults in the United States suffer from some form of diabetes, a chronic condition that involves how your body processes glucose. Andrea Hayes, MD, at Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is an endocrinologist and diabetes specialist who has diabetes herself. She relies on this experience and uses the latest treatments to help you manage your condition. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn how you can benefit from Dr. Hayes’ expert care.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects your metabolic system. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, doesn’t produce any insulin, or can’t use the insulin it does produce effectively. The hormone insulin is important in helping you convert sugar to energy.

Diabetes can cause your glucose, or blood sugar, levels to remain too high, damaging your long-term health. Glucose comes from the foods you eat and beverages you drink.

What are the types of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition usually diagnosed in adolescence or young adulthood. With Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make the insulin it needs to keep your blood sugar levels at a healthy level.

Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in older adults, but is increasingly being seen in younger patients as well. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar, and often your body can’t use the insulin it does produce properly.

Prediabetes may be diagnosed when you have high blood sugar levels that aren’t quite high enough to be classified as diabetes. Untreated prediabetes puts you at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

What complications can diabetes cause?

Diabetes puts you at risk for a variety of health problems, including:

  • Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve problems
  • Nephropathy, or kidney damage and disease
  • Retinopathy, or blurry vision and eye damage
  • Cardiovascular (heart) disease
  • Foot damage

Depression and dementia are also associated with diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?

Your treatment depends on the type of diabetes you have. Dr. Hayes never asks you as a patient to undergo a treatment she wouldn’t use herself. These include lifestyle changes, such as alterations to your diet and exercise schedule, as well as weight loss if you’re overweight. If you’re prediabetic, Dr. Hayes offers recommendations and treatments to help prevent diabetes from developing.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you may benefit from an insulin pump, which delivers consistent insulin 24 hours a day. Some patients qualify for a glucose sensor, a tiny device inserted under the skin of your stomach or arm that measures your interstitial glucose level so you can stay on top of your blood sugar numbers all day. A continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) can help you use your pump or insulin injections optimally to regulate your blood sugar levels.

The practice features a staff of well-trained nurse practitioners who assist Dr. Hayes in monitoring your diabetes treatment. They’re all proficient in using insulin pumps and glucose sensors.

For expert management of diabetes, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or book an appointment online today.