Type 2 Diabetes - by Courtney Bowen, MD


Dr. Courtney Bowen

My first week at Medical Associates of the Shoals has been rewarding in so many

ways. First, it has been my privilege and honor to begin caring for so many wonderful

people. I hope these relationships will grow and my new patients will come to think of

me as, not only their physician, but their friend as well. Plus, my patients are a wealth

of information. I have learned where to go to hear live music, lots of information about

the river, what events to look forward to, who loves Alabama, and who loves Auburn.


On a medical note, many patients are struggling with type 2 diabetes. While there isn’t

enough space here for lots of details, I do want to mention a couple of points. As you

probably know, type 2 diabetes is when your body makes some insulin but not enough.

Or, the insulin you have is not working correctly, allowing too much sugar to stay in

your blood. Some warning signs of Type 2 diabetes are thirsty all the time, blurry vision,

need to urinate often, weak or tired, dry skin, and often hungry. Some complications of

Type 2 diabetes include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, eye damage, kidney

damage, and neuropathy. Although there is no cure for diabetes, you can control it by

watching what you eat, exercising and taking your medications correctly. Equally

important is that Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or greatly delayed by

maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, not smoking,

and limiting alcohol.


If you are experiencing the symptoms previously listed and aren’t currently under the

care of a physician, please call our office and schedule a time to come in. We will run a few simple tests to determine what’s going on and the level of care you may need. My

goal is to help you to achieve the best quality of life possible.


To schedule an appointment, just call our new patient line at 256-383-4447 ext. 124,

visit www.medshoals.com and click on New Patients, or email us at

talktous@medshoals.com. We’ll get you scheduled as quickly as possible.

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