Diabetes Management Specialist Q/A
If you are showing signs of prediabetes or you have already been diagnosed with diabetes and you are looking for management services to help you better manage your diabetes, visit PrimeHealth Primary Care. Our diabetes management services offer quality care for patients in Bradenton, FL. We are conveniently located at 3014 53rd Av East, Bradenton, FL 34203. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What are diabetes management services?
What is the main cause of diabetes?
What are the treatments for diabetes?
Why is managing diabetes important?
Diabetes care management services are service options to help keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as much as possible.
During the diabetes management services, you will continue to work with our healthcare providers in our healthcare clinic. Our healthcare providers may include your doctor, nurse, nutritionist, and pharmacist to help design a management service plan to help fit your daily life.
Diabetes is known as a chronic disease that can affect your body, it occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to create insulin, or when the body can no longer make good use of the insulin it is creating.
Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas, which is the key to letting glucose from the foods you eat each day pass from your bloodstream into the cells and offer your body the energy you need.
Your body not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively can lead to a rise in your glucose levels in the blood. If your glucose levels are high for a long period of time it will end up damaging your body and cause the failure of multiple organs and tissues
There are three types of diabetes that you can be diagnosed with, which are:
• Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but mainly develops in children and adolescents. This is when your body produces very little or no insulin, and you will need daily insulin injections to help maintain your blood glucose levels and continue to keep them under control.
• Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is one of the more common types of diabetes and its most common in adults. This is when your body does not make good use of the insulin you are producing. Treatment for type 2 diabetes offered has a focus on a healthy lifestyle, increased physical activities, and a healthy diet. You may require drugs and/or insulin overtime to keep your body’s glucose levels under control; however, this is dependent on a case-by-case basis.
• Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is only found in women who are pregnant and show high blood glucose levels, which is associated with complications to not only the mother but also the baby. Gestational diabetes usually disappears after you give birth; however, some women may be affected as well as their children for developing type 2 diabetes later on in life if they are diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational all have specific treatments for their types, but they also share similar treatments. For all types of diabetes, the main focus for the patients is to start eating healthy. There is no specific diabetes diet to follow, as long as you center your diet around fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, as well as foods that are high in nutrition value and fiber and low in fat and calories it can help you towards a healthier life long term. As well as eating healthy, physical activity is another treatment that works well with all types of diabetes, as everyone needs exercise to lower blood sugar levels so the sugar moves into their cells and uses it for energy.
Specific treatments are available for each individual type of diabetes, they are:
• Type 1 Diabetes Treatment
Type 1 diabetes’ main focus for treatment is insulin injections or the use of an insulin pump. Patients with either type 1 diabetes will have to frequently check their blood sugar levels and carbohydrate counts to maintain healthy levels.
• Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Treatment for type 2 diabetes mainly involves lifestyle changes, monitoring your blood sugar, and taking your diabetes medications and/or insulin regularly.
• Gestational Diabetes Treatment
Gestational diabetes treatment is focused on controlling your blood sugar levels and keeping your baby healthy while avoiding any complications during delivery. Other treatments include maintaining a healthy diet while exercising and your treatment plan may also include monitoring your blood sugar levels and in some cases using insulin or oral medications.
While gestational diabetes usually goes away once you have given birth, you may still be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life.
Managing your diabetes is very important, as it’s a great way to reduce symptoms of fatigue, bladder issues, as well as other diabetes symptoms that you may have. Controlling your diabetes can help to reduce your chances of also experiencing other issues like vision problems, dementia, and other serious medical problems.
For more information about diabetes management or an appointment with us at PrimeHealth Primary Care, we would be pleased to hear from you! We welcome you to give us a call or schedule an appointment right here on our website. We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Ellenton FL, Palmetto FL, Rubonia FL, Foxleigh FL, and West Samoset FL.