Diabetes Care at Magnolia in Corinth, MS

The Magnolia Diabetes Center, located inside of the Magnolia Specialty Clinic, offers the care you need to help you with your diabetes management. Our goal is help you manage your diabetes and the complications associated with the disease by providing you with medically trained knowledge, education, and disease tracking, all focused on your health and treatment options. We want you to live your day-to-day life without having to miss a beat. Let’s work together to manage your diabetes! Schedule your appointment at The Magnolia Diabetes Center or call (662) 665-8041 for more information.

Dr. Delali Blavo, Endocrinologist, and Carmen Parks, Certified Diabetic Educator

What is Diabetes?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar.”

Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney
failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in
the United States.

Common Symptoms

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or you are struggling with your day-to-day management of the disease, please call the Magnolia Diabetes Center (located inside of the Magnolia Specialty Clinic) at (662) 665-8041. Our clinic is located at 3704 Hwy 72 West, Corinth, MS, 38834.

Diagnosis and Prediabetes

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “prediabetes” — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Doctors sometimes refer to prediabetes as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), depending on what test was used when it was detected. This condition puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

There are several ways to diagnose diabetes. Testing should be carried out in a health care setting (such as your doctor’s office or a lab). If your doctor determines that your blood glucose level is very high, or if you have classic symptoms of high blood glucose in addition to one positive test, your doctor may not require a second test to diagnose diabetes.

For more information on diagnosing diabetes and prediabetes, visit www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis.

Find out if you may be at risk with this Diabetes Risk Test – http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

For more information about Type 1 Diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1.

Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. 

For more information about Type 2 Diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2.

Diabetes Resources

American Diabetes Association – www.diabetes.org

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – www.cdc.gov/diabetes