Diabetes Specialist

Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon located in Alexandria, LA

Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than those without diabetes. At Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, in Alexandria, Louisiana, Gary P. Jones, MD, FACS, offers expert treatment for diabetes and related vascular health complications. Call Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute today, or make an appointment online for personalized treatment for diabetes and associated cardiovascular complications.

Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a group of diseases that interfere with the way your body produces or uses insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps your body convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy. When you have diabetes, your glucose levels increase, which can lead to various complications. 

There are several types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes, develops when your pancreas stops making insulin. Doctors believe Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disease that attacks the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. 

Type 2 diabetes, also called insulin resistance, develops when your body stops using insulin correctly. Your genetics and medical history contribute to your risk, but lifestyle factors like your weight, diet, and activity levels have a more significant impact. 

How does diabetes affect my vascular health?

When you have untreated diabetes, the elevated glucose levels in your blood cause damage throughout your body, including in your blood vessels and nerves. This damage can interfere with your heart function, increasing your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Uncontrolled diabetes also damages the insides of your blood vessels, increasing your blood pressure and risk of peripheral artery disease. Peripheral artery disease reduces circulation in your extremities, causing swelling and contributing to your risk of ulcers.

How do you treat diabetes?

At Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, Dr. Jones and his team provide personalized treatment plans to help get your diabetes under control and manage related cardiovascular complications. 

Treating diabetes

Depending on your condition, you might be able to lower your blood sugar levels and manage your diabetes by adjusting your diet and adding physical activity to your daily routine. Dr. Jones can help you create a meal plan and introduce exercise safely. 

If you have Type 1 diabetes or your Type 2 diabetes is advanced, and diet and exercise aren’t sufficient to control your condition, Dr. Jones can prescribe medication to convert glucose to energy and lower your blood sugar levels. 

Treating cardiovascular complications

Diet and exercise changes go a long way to improving your cardiovascular health as well as diabetes. Dr. Jones can also prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. He also offers procedures to repair damaged blood vessels. Dr. Jones also provides wound care services to care for diabetic foot ulcers. 

Call Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute or make an appointment online today for personalized treatment for diabetes and related cardiovascular complications.