Chicago Diabetes Experts

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes services offered in Buffalo Grove, IL

About 13% of American adults have Type 2 diabetes today. At Chicago Diabetes Experts, diabetes specialist Gregory O. Clark, MD, understands the disease process and how it affects each patient’s life. Dr. Clark and the team offer all-encompassing diabetes care throughout the Chicago area, including weight management, nutrition counseling, and for those who need it, medication, insulin pump care, and other advanced diabetes management. Call the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, office or click the online scheduling feature now.

What causes Type 2 diabetes? 

People with diabetes have a problem with insulin, a vital hormone in the body. Its main job is “unlocking” the cells so glucose (sugar) can enter them. 

With diabetes, a lack of insulin causes rising blood sugar and can cause severe complications such as nerve damage, blood vessel damage, and heart disease. 

With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes insulin but eventually makes too little, and the body grows resistant to insulin. About 90-95% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. 

How is Type 2 diabetes managed?

Type 2 diabetes management involves taking aggressive steps to try and put your disease into remission, or if not possible, very tight control of your glucose levels. Usually, Type 2 diabetes management is multifaceted, including: 

Blood glucose monitoring

Blood glucose monitoring checks your blood sugar levels regularly so you know when to take action if you have high blood sugar. Continuous glucose monitors make the process easy and eliminate routine finger sticks. 

Nutrition changes

Nutrition has a direct impact on your blood glucose levels. Changing to a low-carb diet and getting your calories from protein and fat can help you feel satisfied while avoiding blood sugar spikes.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise is crucial for people with Type 2 diabetes. Finding an activity you enjoy keeps you motivated to maintain a new lifestyle.

Weight management

Weight management is critical for everyone with diabetes. Diabetes medications such as Ozempic® and Mounjaro have recently received a lot of positive attention because they’re helping people with Type 2 diabetes lose weight at the same time as they control blood sugar.

How often do I need to see the doctor for Type 2 diabetes?

Chicago Diabetes Experts offers concierge medicine plans so you can choose the number of annual visits and level of care that works for you, ranging from 4-10 visits. You can opt for telehealth, in-office care, or even house calls. 

Concierge medicine includes remote monitoring of your glucose monitor (and insulin pump if you have one). You also get email or phone access to the doctor.

When you have Type 2 diabetes, it is best to have a medical team who’s always there for you. Call Chicago Diabetes Experts or click the online booking feature to make your first appointment today.