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Diabetes Specialist

Kimberly Bolling, MD

Internist located in Bowie, MD

About 9.4% of all adults in the United States have diabetes. While diabetes is a serious disease, you can manage it well with the help of highly experienced internist Dr. Kimberly L. Bolling at her self-titled practice in Bowie, Maryland. With lifestyle changes, medication, and other customized treatments, diabetes doesn’t have to keep you from living a healthy and happy life. To get help with your diabetes, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is Type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a condition — usually diagnosed in childhood — in which your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin or doesn’t produce enough of it. Your body needs insulin to properly process blood sugar from the foods you eat.

To stay healthy, a child or adult who has Type 1 diabetes must take insulin for the rest of their life. If you have Type 1 diabetes, Dr. Bolling can help you live a healthy and fulfilling life.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

About 95% of people living with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. This condition, usually diagnosed in adults, occurs when your body makes insulin but doesn’t use it properly. This leaves your body unable to process your blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes treatable with only behavior and lifestyle changes. However, many men and women who have Type 2 need to take medication or insulin injections. As with Type 1 diabetes, proper management of your condition can allow you to lead a full and healthy life.

What are the signs of diabetes?

While diabetes doesn’t always have obvious symptoms, there are some things you should look for, including:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Higher hunger levels
  • More frequent fatigue
  • Blurry vision

If you have any of the symptoms above, talk to Dr. Bolling. You may need blood tests to determine if you have diabetes. If you do have diabetes, Dr. Bolling can create a treatment plan just for you.

How is diabetes treated?

Diabetes treatment will depend on which type of diabetes you have, what your specific symptoms are, your health history, and other factors specific to your situation.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to get daily doses of insulin through injections or an insulin pump. By monitoring your blood sugar and taking steps to keep it in a healthy range, you should be able to live normally.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your condition by losing weight, switching to a low-sugar diet, and exercising regularly. However, you might need to take daily oral medications or insulin injections. By staying healthy and following Dr. Bolling’s guidelines, you should be able to live a normal life with Type 2 diabetes.

To get control of your diabetes, book an appointment with Dr. Kimberly L. Bolling online or over the phone today.