Diabetes is a disorder in how the body processes carbohydrates and sugar. Often it doesn't cause any symptoms. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, amputations, kidney disease, heart disease, or death. With over half of Americans living with the disease or at high risk of developing it, diabetes management is one of the biggest problems for the health care system. If you or a loved one has diabetes, seek help from the knowledgeable team of providers at Core Primary Care. Call either office in Houston or Sugar Land, Texas, to schedule an appointment or book online today.
The term diabetes, also called diabetes mellitus, includes several different metabolic disorders that, if left untreated, result in abnormally high concentrations of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
The traditional way of managing diabetes is by prescribing medications to lower your blood sugar so it stops causing damage. While this method is effective in the short term, unfortunately, these medications can lead to more side effects which can be challenging for many patients.
The overall goal for people with diabetes is to keep daily blood glucose levels and HbA1c within the recommended target range without frequent hypoglycemia (lows).
Keeping diabetes under control through effective disease management can lower the risks of diabetes complications. For example, effective blood sugar management can reduce the risk of nerve, eye, and kidney disease by 40%.
The team of skilled professionals at Core Primary Care works with you to manage diabetes so that you can live the healthiest and fullest life possible. Your diabetes management plan includes daily steps, such as:
Check your feet daily for blisters, cuts, red spots, and swelling. Brush your teeth and floss daily to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy.
Take your medicines for diabetes and other health problems as directed, even when you feel good. If you are experiencing undesirable side effects or want to discontinue medication, speak with your provider.
It’s also important to keep track of your blood sugar.
Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Make a diabetes meal plan with help from your health care team.
At Core Primary Care, the team prefers using medications as a bridge to longer term therapy. Most of the time, changes in lifestyle, such as better nutrition and exercise, are more potent than any medicine the team can prescribe. They work closely with patients, giving them a chance to reduce the need for medication or eliminate it.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, schedule a visit to Core Primary Care and start on your journey back to health. Call either office to set up a diabetes management consultation, or book online now.