Diabetes results from an inability to produce enough insulin or an inability to respond appropriately to the insulin that already exists in your body. In many cases, but not all, diabetes develops when you are overweight.

When untreated, diabetes dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, and circulation problems. Well-controlled diabetes, however, will have a much more limited impact on your long-term health.

Dr. MacDonell works with diabetic specialists in nutrition, ophthalmology, podiatry, and kidney diseases. If you develop diabetes, Dr. MacDonell and these specialists will work with you to limit any complications from diabetes.