Mcgowan Family Health & Wellness Center

Diabetes Doctor Near South Suburbs Chicago

Diabetes affects more than 100 million men, women, and children in the United States. Those who are impacted have difficulty manufacturing the insulin required to convert sugar into energy. Dr. McGowan specializes in helping men and women minimize the side effects of diabetes with comprehensive treatment choices that avoid diabetes-related health issues at McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center in Flossmoor, Illinois. To discover more about how to live a healthy life with diabetes, call or request appointment online today.

Q&A about Diabetes

What are the different kinds of diabetes?

Diabetes damages your pancreas and is an autoimmune illness. Your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body in autoimmune illnesses. There are three forms of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and type 3 diabetes.


Type 1 Diabetes 

When your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t make enough, you have type 1 diabetes. Insulin aids in the regulation of blood sugar and the digestion of food. Young people and children are the most commonly affected by Type 1.


Type 2 Diabetes

The most prevalent type of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, which is caused by your body’s inefficient use of insulin to transport sugar into your cells. This variety affects both adults and children, however it is more common in middle-aged and older adults.


Diabetes during pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that affects pregnant women and may go away after the baby is born. Women who have had gestational diabetes are significantly more likely to have Type 2 diabetes later in life.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes?

Each kind of diabetes has its own set of symptoms, which is understandable considering that blood sugar insufficiency affects everyone differently. The following are the most common symptoms of both forms of diabetes:

  • The way you see things shifts.
  • Bladder problems
  • Loss of weight
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Skin that is parched
  • Sores that take a long time to heal

Diabetes, if left untreated, can have a substantial impact on your general health and lead to various health issues such as heart, dental, and renal illness, as well as nerve and vision impairment and dietary limitations.

What’s the best way to deal with diabetes?

Dr. McGowan treats Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients on an individual basis. She treats Type 1 diabetes with insulin injections or an insulin pump that continuously delivers insulin to your body throughout the day.


Dr. McGowan works with you to build a healthy diet and exercise program to help you control your blood sugar if you have Type 2 diabetes. She may also prescribe medicine, but only when absolutely necessary or in accordance with your treatment preferences.


If you or a family member thinks you or a loved one may be suffering from diabetic symptoms, call McGowan Family Health and Wellness Center today by phone or online to learn more about the disease and the medical treatments available to help you manage it.

Insurances We Accept

At McGowan Family Health & Wellness, we accept all major insurances.  If you do not see your insurance listed, please contact our office to insure your coverage with us.

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I enjoy my trips to the doctor. Dr. McGowan is easy to speak with and explains everything very well. She also sees my parents because of her bedside manner
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I am very pleased with Dr. McGowan. She has always listened and answered all of my questions concerning my health - she has played an important part of my health - welfare. I like the time she takes with me, the way she listens to me, the way she answers me and the wisdom she gives me concerning my health. I feel safe with her because I believe she CARES!