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Helping Diabetes Sufferers Improve Their Quality of Life
An estimated 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Our primary care physicians are committed to helping diabetes suffers live happy, healthy and successful lives in spite of this disease. Our goal is to present patients with viable behavioral changes, including weight loss and increased exercise, and couple these with medical treatment as an effective way to manage diabetes.
Our compassionate doctors understand that diabetes is a disease that can lead our patients to feeling frustrated and may cause some of them to deny the effect that this chronic condition is having on their health. Common diabetes symptoms include:
- Urinating frequently
- Feeling thirsty
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight loss
- Pain or tingling in hands and feet
- Blurred vision
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
Do You Need Medical Care for Diabetic Problems?
Properly treating diabetes is a team effort. You are the most important part of that team because you are the only one who knows how you feel and will have the primary responsibility of monitoring your blood sugar levels.
However, since our primary care physicians are concerned with your overall health, their training and skill in treating individuals with diabetes will be an invaluable tool for you. Your primary care doctor will work with endocrinologists, dietitians, nurse educators, eye doctors and podiatrists in coordinating every aspect of your diabetes care.
How Frequently Should I Visit My Primary Care Doctor?
If you use insulin shots, it is recommended that you visit your doctor once every 3 to 4 months. If you are on a regimen of pills, you will visit your doctor every 4 to 6 months. If you notice that your complications are getting worse, or if it’s clear that your current treatment is not controlling your blood sugar, you will need to visit the doctor quickly.
Keep Your Doctor Informed
Your primary care physician wants to know how your diabetes control is going. During your visit, you will need to be open and honest with them about whether your conditions are getting worse or better. Prior to your doctor’s visit, do at-home blood sugar monitoring and report any hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
Your doctor may recommend lab tests, such as a hemoglobin A1c, urine test, blood test, lipid test, as well as thyroid and liver tests.
Don’t let diabetic problems hamper your ability to enjoy life. Our primary care physicians are trained to provide you with compassionate yet effective care that will allow you to successfully manage your diabetes. Contact us today!