Diabetes Management Specialist Q&A
If you need tips on how to better manage your diabetes, read our Q and A page below. Come to Coastal Primary Care & Wellness for your diabetes management needs by calling or requesting an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 314 Franklin Ave, Ste 103, Berlin MD 21811.
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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that requires special attention. Although diabetes is chronic, it can be successfully managed. If the condition is left untreated, diabetes can lead to many health complications, such as foot wounds, heart disease, neuropathy, and damage to the eyes or kidneys. Fortunately, there are medical professionals dedicated to helping people with diabetes successfully manage their condition.
Diabetes can be successfully managed by following the treatment plan created by your physician, taking your prescribed medications, and implementing the proper lifestyle changes, such as:
– Eating healthy
– Exercising regularly
– Getting regular checkups
– Managing levels of stress
– Stopping smoking
– Limiting alcohol intake
– Following the care plan put in place by your diabetes specialist or physician
– Taking your prescribed medications
The major goal in treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes is to control blood sugar levels and keep them within the normal range, minimizing excursions to low or high levels.
Type 1 diabetes is treated with:
– Type 1 diabetes diet, including brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and nut butter, seeds, peas, fish, seafood, chicken, turkey, and yogurt.
Type 2 diabetes is treated with:
– Weight reduction
– Type 2 diabetes diet, including plant-based fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocado, protein sources such as beans, legumes, eggs, fish, and seafood.
– Diabetes medications (oral or injected). These are prescribed when other measures fail to control the elevated blood sugars of type 2 diabetes.
-Treatment with insulin may be initiated if other medications become ineffective.
Stage 1: Insulin Resistance — Because the pancreas balances high blood sugar by releasing higher amounts of insulin, blood sugar levels seem normal.
Stage 2: Blood Sugar Levels Rise (Pre-Diabetes) — The pancreas struggles to keep up with the demand for more insulin production to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels begin to rise as the pancreas becomes fatigued from overworking and it puts out less insulin.
Stage 3: High Blood Sugar Levels (Diabetes) — The pancreas begins to sustain damage as insulin output cannot cover the rise in blood sugar levels rise more quickly.
Stage 4: Damage to the Pancreas (Diabetes) — Blood sugar levels are elevated as the result of years of the pancreas overworking. The pancreas overworks to lower blood sugar.
Stage 5: Failed Pancreas (Diabetes) — The pancreas produces too little insulin or none at all. Insulin injections are needed to survive.
Type 2 diabetes can be effectively managed through lifestyle changes like exercise and proper diet and by following the treatment plan put in place by your diabetes care team. Managing type 2 diabetes requires effort and will not be achieved without action. However, having a competent care team ensures the highest amount of success in managing the condition and can make it much easier in controlling its symptoms.
If you or someone you know needs to better manage their diabetes, come to Coastal Primary Care & Wellness today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in managing diabetes and can help you gain control of your condition. For more information about our diabetes management and how it can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our diabetes management specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Berlin MD, Ocean City MD, Salisbury MD, Ocean Pines MD, Pocomoke MD, Newark MD, Fruitland MD, Snow Hill MD, and Selbyville DE.