Diabetes Specialist

Harmony Clinics

Family Practice located in Wichita Falls, TX

When you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you must have a trusted primary care provider to manage your chronic illness and help prevent long-term complications. Micheal Moisant, DO, and the team at Harmony Clinics, in Wichita Falls, Texas, specialize in the treatment and management of diabetes for children and adults. For expert diabetes support, call or schedule an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes? 

Diabetes is a chronic condition that impacts how your body processes glucose, the primary fuel source for every process of your body. 

A hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin metabolizes the glucose consumed in foods that you eat and delivers it to your cells, tissues, and organs as needed. 

With diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin for your body’s needs or fails to use it properly. Your body may not make enough insulin because the pancreas is damaged or because the demands from your body for insulin are too high. 

A shortage of insulin prevents glucose from being used, and glucose accumulates in the blood, causing high blood sugar. Chronically high blood sugar damages and impairs every system of the body. Over time, this damage can lead to severe complications. 

 

What are type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the two main types of diabetes. They differ in how much insulin the body naturally produces. 

Type 1 diabetes - insulin production is nonexistent or minimal 
Type 2 diabetes - insulin production is inadequate for what the body needs

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition most often treated with a diabetic diet, medications, and synthetic insulin. 

Type 2 diabetes is frequently due to obesity, an unhealthy diet, or a generally unhealthy lifestyle. It may be improved or treated effectively with a diabetic diet, medications, and weight loss.

 

What are the complications of diabetes?

Diabetes damages the cells, tissues, and organs and impairs the work of every system of the body. This places diabetic patients at high risk for severe health conditions, including: 

  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Kidney disease 
  • Blood clots and stroke
  • Retinopathy, which may cause blindness
  • Neuropathy, or nerve damage 
  • Weakened immune system
  • Slow-healing wounds or injuries
  • Hearing impairment
  • Skin or other infections

The team at Harmony Clinics monitors your risks and watches carefully for signs of diabetic complications as part of your ongoing diabetic management. 

 

What primary care services help manage my diabetes?

Harmony Clinics offers services that decrease your risk for long-term complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Walk-in blood sugar checks
  • Risk assessment 
  • Routine diabetes laboratory testing
  • Diabetic diet counseling
  • Weight-loss counseling 
  • Medication management
  • Skin checks and diabetic wound care
  • Annual physicals 

The Harmony Clinics team oversees your health care when yourdiabetes symptoms or complications require support from other health care specialists, including endocrinology, wound care, nephrology (kidney care), neurology, and cardiology.

For an expert consultation regarding diabetes, call or schedule an appointment online with Harmony Clinics today.