Diabetes Specialist

Borum Family Health Clinic

Charles D. Borum, MD

Family Practice located in Natchez, MS

Mississippi has one of the highest diabetes rates in the country, and it’s approaching epidemic status worldwide. Although there’s no doubt that diabetes is a frightening condition, experienced physician Charles Borum, MD, and the Borum Family Health Clinic team can give you diabetes management tools you need to get healthy and stay that way for the rest of your life. Call the convenient office in Natchez, Mississippi, or click the online appointment scheduler for help anytime.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of conditions characterized by a lack of a natural hormone called insulin. Without insulin, you're unable to transform blood sugar into energy and can't adequately store blood sugar for later use. Over time, untreated diabetes can lead to nerve damage, heart disease, kidney failure, or even death.

How is Type 1 different from Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes usually begins during childhood or early adulthood. In this kind of diabetes, your body simply doesn't make insulin. This kind of diabetes isn't preventable and isn't usually predictable.

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood. With Type 2 diabetes, you make insulin but you don't respond to it correctly, which is known as insulin resistance. In the later stages of Type 2 diabetes, you may not make enough insulin anymore, making it more similar to Type 1 at that point. 

A significant difference between the two is that Type 2 is preventable. In the great majority of cases, Type 2 diabetes occurs because of preventable factors like obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy eating habits. 

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are very serious diseases, but the skilled and experienced Borum Family Health Care team is here to help. 

How do you treat diabetes?

Borum Family Medical Clinic offers customized diabetes management according to your needs. If you have Type 1 diabetes, the team can help you manage your condition with daily insulin use. Additionally, the team helps Type 1 diabetes sufferers manage their bodywide health through maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and monitoring blood sugar at home daily. 

Type 2 diabetes treatment is different because it’s often manageable without medication, at least in the early form. If you have Type 2 diabetes, the Borum Family Medical Clinic team can help you lose extra weight, implement a new physical activity plan, and change the way you eat to lower your blood sugar and control your diabetes. In some cases, Type 2 diabetes sufferers also need oral medication, such as metformin, to help control blood sugar. 

Get the best diabetes treatment from the most caring team in Natchez by calling Borum Family Health Clinic or booking through the online scheduler now.