Diabetes Specialist

Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey

Internal Medicine Physicians located in Vineland, NJ

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you have one goal: keeping your blood sugar within a normal range. The team at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey in Vineland provides ongoing support for blood sugar management. In addition to the care your physician provides, Medical Alliance offers a diabetes clinic, run by diabetes specialist and board-certified family nurse practitioner Sylvia Murphy-McCray. To learn more, call the office in Vineland, New Jersey.

Diabetes Q & A

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes occur when a problem with insulin allows your blood sugar to get too high. But each has a different cause.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system damages cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. As a result, you don’t have insulin.

When you have Type 2 diabetes, you produce some insulin, but usually not enough. You also develop insulin resistance, which means your body can’t use the insulin that’s available.

Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed before the age of 14, while Type 2 diabetes occurs in adults, usually over the age of 45. But both types of diabetes can be diagnosed at any age.

What health complications does diabetes cause?

Your body uses insulin to keep blood sugar within a healthy range. When blood sugar gets too high, it gradually damages small blood vessels, leading to problems such as:

  • Nerve damage
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision loss
  • Foot ulcers that don’t heal

Many patients aren’t aware of the serious complications that uncontrolled diabetes causes. Type 2 diabetes increases your risk of dying from heart disease, and it’s one of the top two causes of kidney failure.

How is diabetes managed?

Once you develop diabetes, it can’t be cured. The only way to stay healthy is by keeping your blood sugar within a normal range. The best way to do that is with lifestyle changes — that’s why the team at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey proudly offers a diabetes clinic.

Through the diabetes clinic, nurse practitioner Murphy-McCray teaches you how to manage your diabetes with:

  • Diabetes nutrition
  • Dietary counseling and meal planning
  • Exercise tips and guidance
  • Weight-loss support
  • Stress control
  • Foot care guidelines
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Insulin injection instructions

Murphy-McCray has implemented a 24-hour glucose monitor testing program. She also offers group classes, as well as one-on-one counseling.

For many patients with Type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes effectively keep blood sugar under control. If it remains high, then your doctor may prescribe medications to help lower blood sugar.

To learn more about the diabetes clinic, call Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey or book an appointment online.