Diabetes education

What is diabetes?  Simply, we use the term “diabetes” to refer to any one of a number of conditions with high blood glucose (sugar).  More

We believe in giving our patients the tools and resources to better understand and manage their health.

A few topics to understand:

What is diabetes?

Tips for healthy living with diabetes.

New approaches for diabetes care.

 

 


 

 

What is diabetes:

Simply, we use the term “diabetes” to refer to any one of a number of conditions with high blood glucose (sugar).  There are two main types, type 1, which was once termed “juvenile onset,” but which we now know can begin at any age, and type 2, once termed “maturity onset” but sometimes developing in childhood.  Type 1 is an immune condition where insulin-producing tissues are damaged, while in type 2 there is both decreased insulin production and “insulin resistance.”

 

Tips for healthy living with diabetes:

The key to healthy living with diabetes is just – healthy living! Eating right – high carb foods are never right, while eating lots of veggies and the right combination of meats, fruits, and dairy goes a long way. Exercising regularly, using smart apps that help you keep track. For most people with diabetes, self-monitoring of the blood glucose allows understanding of how your body is working and what the medications are accomplishing. Diabetes can cause many problems, so regularly checking your eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves and heart with your doctors makes a big difference!

 

New approaches for diabetes care:

There are many important new approaches to treatment of diabetes ranging from the earliest stages – where healthy eating and exercise are the correct approaches – to more complex stages where use of newly developed treatments allows avoidance of cardiovascular complications, hypoglycemia, and weight gain.  Evolving technology is becoming particularly important, including wearables, self-monitoring of blood glucose to explore patterns by uploading meters , and continuous glucose monitoring devices to novel platforms, and pump therapy have led us “beyond A1c” in understanding patient-specific approaches that fit each individual’s needs.

 



Sleep issues

How does sleep affect us? There is now more and more information about non-drug treatments for sleep difficulty, called “sleep hygiene,” “stimulus control,” “sleep restriction,” and “cognitive therapy.” Do you know how sleep affects your weight? How night shift work can contribute to obesity and diabetes? What about sleep apnea? These are all important medically, and worth discussing at a visit.

Patient assistance for medicines

Many pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs when there is no insurance coverage and you have financial hardship. Talk to us about this at your next visit.

Chronic Care Management

People with more than one chronic condition may benefit from a new program that my practice is now offering all Medicare patients to help get the best care possible from everyone involved with your care. We can help coordinate your visits with other doctors, facilities, or other testing; we can talk to you on the phone about your problems; we can help you manage your medications; and we will provide you a comprehensive care plan.