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Diabetes Treatment and Management
Without proper management and treatment, Diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, sores, and even blindness or loss of limbs. If you or a loved-one has diabetes, don’t worry: our personalized Diabetes Treatment and Management focuses on early treatment in order to prevent these outcomes.
Here at Arrowhead Health Centers, we concentrate on preventative remedies, continuously screening and treating patients in order to improve their health. Diabetic patients will appreciate the convenience and affordability of not being referred to an Endocrinologist. Our helpful and friendly physicians, who specialize in Diabetes management, are here to help you every step of the way. Patients with previously diagnosed diabetes, or with suspected diabetes, receive a thorough, multi-specialty medical exam. Tests for sugar levels, kidney function, protein in the urine, cholesterol, hemoglobin and more are conducted in our convenient on-site lab.
The diabetes treatment and management program incorporates oral medications and insulin. Dosages are monitored on an ongoing basis. Patients receive regular foot exams to ensure adequate circulation. We believe that early nerve conduction velocity studies to evaluate peripheral neuropathies – a cause of foot amputation — should be done routinely on anybody with diabetes. We do this testing in our office so that you don’t have to wait to see a specialist. Patients with diabetes also receive extensive nutritional counseling to help them manage their disease. We have excellent working relationships with endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, and podiatrists and coordinate with these professionals regularly.
Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Too much glucose (hyperglycemia) , however, can cause an increased risk of complications, such as eye disease, kidney disease, heart attacks, strokes and more. This condition is typically diagnosed during adolescence.
– Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision.
– Treatment aims at maintaining normal blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet and exercise.
– Symptoms usually start in childhood or early adulthood.
– Cannot be prevented or cured
– Episodes of low blood sugar are common
Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body processes blood sugar. The body either produces too little insulin or resists it.
– Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. In some cases, there may be no symptoms.
– Treatments include diet, exercise, medication, and insulin therapy.
– The person may not be having symptoms at the time of diagnosis
– There are no episodes of low blood sugar unless the person is taking insulin or medication
– It can be prevented or delayed with proper diet and exercise.
Diabetes is diagnosed by a blood test taken after an overnight fast of 8 hours or more. The amount of glucose in the blood determines if a person has diabetes or if they are pre-diabetic.
The main goal of diabetes treatment and management is, as far as possible, to restore carbohydrate metabolism to a normal state. To achieve this goal, individuals with an absolute deficiency of insulin require insulin replacement therapy, which is given through injections or an insulin pump. We also recommend dietary and exercise adjustments that will aid in our goal of patients living as normal and as healthy a life as possible.
You don’t have to suffer from the effects of diabetes. We are here to help you manage this disease and avoid the possibly disastrous side effects. Our experienced and dedicated providers will be with you every step of the way so that you can live a fulfilling life. Contact us today for testing, consultation, and treatment.
Diabetes can be tough, but the experts here at Arrowhead Health Centers can get you started on a management system. Type 1 or Type 2, we will help you along the way. Click below to start today!