Urgent Care for Diabetes Management
The pancreas uses specialized cells to produce insulin, a hormone that helps the cells absorb glucose from the foods you eat. Some people do not produce any insulin, or they are unable to use insulin effectively. As a result, they develop diabetes, which makes it difficult to maintain normal blood sugar levels. If you have been diagnosed with this endocrine disorder, diabetes management should be your top priority. Managing the disease and controlling your blood sugar level can help you avoid serious complications.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that makes the body unable to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes, which is more common than type 1, occurs when you make insulin but cannot use it properly. Both types of diabetes can cause increased urination, unexpected weight gain or weight loss, excessive thirst, hunger, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and dry mouth. Men and women with diabetes also have an increased risk of developing yeast infections. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see one of our providers.
If you have diabetes, we can help you develop a diabetes management plan that meets your needs.
If you see a provider as soon as you have the early signs of diabetes, you may be able to prevent serious complications. Uncontrolled diabetes increases the risk for high blood pressure, cataracts, and glaucoma. Some people with diabetes also develop neuropathy, which is a nerve dysfunction that causes weakness or numbness. Diabetes can also lead to hearing loss, blindness, or skin complications.
Diabetes Management Techniques
Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have to follow a special diet, change your lifestyle, or take diabetes medicine. All of these things can help you control your blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes complications. Your diet should include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, legumes, fish, and non-fat dairy products. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for people with diabetes. Talk to one of our providers about your daily caloric intake and how many grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates you should be eating.
Regular physical activity can also help you manage your diabetes successfully. Some people are able to avoid diabetes medicine by following their diets and exercising regularly. Before starting any physical activity, you should have a physical examination by a provider to determine what is safe. You may have to start slowly and work up to more intense exercise. People with diabetes are also prone to foot problems, so you should wear supportive shoes and see a provider if you have any sores on your feet.
If you need medication to control your diabetes, you must see a provider regularly. A provider will monitor your blood sugar levels and adjust your medication as needed. If you experience any undesirable side effects while taking medication, one of our providers can also adjust the dosage or help you find a medication that does not cause the same side effects.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to keep your blood sugar level in check. At Physicians Now, our supportive medical professionals can help you develop a healthy eating plan, learn about the benefits of exercise, and manage your diabetes with medication. Call our emergency room to schedule an appointment to discuss diabetes management.