Care for new-onset and chronic diabetes in Richmond, Virginia

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond provides extensive care for individuals living with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the levels of insulin in a person’s body, which aids in maintaining blood sugar levels. Diabetes has the potential to lead to other disabling medical conditions, so it is vital to receive the best care possible and follow your treatment plan accordingly.

To learn more about the services we offer for diabetics in Richmond, call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (804) 320-3627.

Types of diabetes we treat

Our diabetes specialists in Richmond are able to treat all kinds of diabetes, including diabetic emergencies.

  • Type 1 diabetes: This type of diabetes deals with the body’s inability to sustain insulin. The body attacks and destroys insulin, leaving individuals at risk for hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). The cause of Type 1 diabetes is unknown and patients generally require regular insulin injections.
  • Type 2 diabetes: This type of diabetes develops when your body becomes resistant to insulin. At this point, your body is not able to produce enough insulin to overcome the resistance. Type 2 diabetes is linked to being overweight, but the exact cause is unknown. This type can be treated through medications, lifestyle changes and insulin injections.
  • Gestational diabetes: This type of diabetes occurs only in pregnant women. It is the result of hormones from the placenta causing your cells to resist the insulin in your body, requiring the body to increase production of insulin. Gestational diabetes occurs when the body cannot keep up with this increase in insulin need. Medication and lifestyle changes are the preferred treatment options, but insulin injections may be needed in some cases.
  • Prediabetes: This type of diabetes involves higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that are not quite high enough to qualify for a diabetes diagnosis but has a high likelihood of developing into Type 2 diabetes over time. Lifestyle changes and medications can help prevent prediabetes from becoming Type 2 diabetes.

Emergency diabetes care

If insulin levels spike or plummet, you may experience a diabetic medical emergency, either insulin shock or a diabetic coma. These conditions occur when the body is overwhelmed from too much insulin or a severe deprivation.

At this point, home treatments, like your normal insulin injection, are unlikely to help and you need to seek emergency medical care. Advanced medical treatment is required to help prevent long-term damage. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital provides extensive emergency care services and our endocrinologists and diabetes specialists are ready to intervene 24/7 with the care you need.

Long-term diabetes care

Diabetes can have a range of long-term medical complications. The longer the amount of time that your blood sugar levels are unstable, the higher the risk of developing medical complications from the disease. Complications may include:

  • Heart disease, potentially leading to heart attack or stroke
  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Vision complications, like glaucoma, cataracts and blindness
  • Non-healing wounds resulting from poor blood circulation
  • Diabetic foot ulcers and other conditions can lead to the need for amputation
  • Damage to the kidneys, which may require a kidney transplant in severe cases

When you receive treatment for diabetes at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our endocrinologists and diabetes specialists provide complete care by partnering with other physicians, including cardiologists and wound care experts, to prevent complications and keep you as healthy as possible.

Diabetes education services

At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we believe in the importance of education for the management and prevention of disease. We provide inpatient education services for patients newly diagnosed with diabetes through the aid of our diabetes educator. Getting the care you need is vital, and understanding how to properly maintain your health is extremely important for effective long-term diabetes care.