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Managing Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disorder characterized by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy, or fuel, and it’s obtained from everyday foods like pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, milk and fruit. In order to store and use glucose, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin, or the body resists the hormone’s effects.

High blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia, if left untreated can increase the risk for serious health problems like heart disease, vision problems, and stroke. The good news is that diabetes can be controlled. With appropriate care and healthy lifestyle choices, people with diabetes can live normal lives.

At Saviers Medical Group, we encourage our diabetic patients to learn as much as possible about their disease and how it can affect their health. We also provide preventive care services to help healthy patients avoid diabetes from occurring.

In order to help patients manage their diabetes and lead full, healthy lives, our healthcare team develops personalized treatment plans and works with patients to meet specific goals.

Learn how to control your blood sugar and maintain a healthy body.

Understanding what you need to do to stay healthy and manage your diabetes will allow you to avoid serious complications. The following guidelines and lifestyle recommendations are a good place to start:

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Limit sugars, high-fat foods, and alcohol. Instead, drink water and try to eat more high-fiber foods, whole grains, and lean meats. Your doctor may choose to put you on a strict diet, at least temporarily, to control your blood sugar levels.
  • Exercise regularly. Most medical organizations recommend at least 150 minutes per week. However, depending on your own health factors, your doctor may suggest a different plan.
  • Monitor your blood glucose. Keeping a log of your blood sugar readings will help your doctor assess your diabetes management plan and decide on the best course of action.
  • Take the diabetes medications prescribed by your doctor. Although many people are able to manage their diabetes by exercising and eating well, insulin or medications may also be necessary to attain healthy blood glucose levels.
  • Perform daily foot inspections as instructed by your doctor. People with diabetes are more susceptible to foot problems, so it is important to take extra care of your feet and check them every day for cuts, red spots, breaks in the skin, blisters or swelling. If you notice any significant changes, inform your doctor.
  • Manage your stress. Stress can raise blood glucose levels and take a toll on your health. Breathing exercises, relaxation therapy, and exercise are all good ways to keep stress levels down.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR NEXT DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT

Annual medical exams are important even for healthy patients – but for diabetics, they are a necessity. In most cases, people with diabetes will need to visit their doctor at least two times a year to monitor blood sugar levels and see how well the patient’s diabetes treatment plan is working.

At each visit, your doctor will:

  • Perform a foot exam to check for blood and capillary circulation. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to foot problems, which in some cases result in amputation.
  • Examine your hands and feet for tingling and/or numbness.
  • Perform a blood pressure screening.

Every 6 months, your doctor will:

Perform an HBA1c test to check average blood sugar levels for the last 2 to 3 months. By comparing the readings from your first test to subsequent results, the doctor will be able to determine whether your treatment plan is working or needs to be modified. (Depending on certain factors, such as whether you use insulin or start taking a new medication, your doctor may want to perform the HBA1c test more often.)

At your yearly diabetic exam, your doctor will:

  • Monitor your kidney function with blood and urine tests.
  • Monitor your medications (e.g. ACE/ARB/Digoxin/Anticonvulsants/Diuretics) to see how well they are helping to control your diabetes.
  • Perform an LDL-C screening to make sure your blood glucose levels are not affecting your cholesterol.
  • Administer the influenza vaccine. People with diabetes have an increased risk of flu-related complications, such as developing pneumonia. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that diabetics get an annual flu shot.
  • Perform a retinal eye exam, or refer you to an eye care specialist. If uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and even blindness.

Remember, while it is important to manage your diabetes on your own, your doctors also play an important role in monitoring your health and ensuring that you live well with diabetes. In addition to making regular visits to your primary care provider, you should also see your dentist and eye doctor for routine exams.

Start working on a personalized treatment plan that fits your specific medical needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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Saviers Medical Group
246 E Scott St (Beachport Center) Port Hueneme, California 93041
Phone: 805-271-0708
Fax: 805-271-0769

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
9.00 AM till 5.30 PM
Saturday (by appointments only)

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