Diabetes TreatmentPembroke Pines, FL
Diabetes is a common condition plaguing society as the American Diabetes Association® states that there are at least 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes each year. Diabetes is a condition in which the body uses blood sugar. While manageable, diabetes can wreak havoc to one’s health and lifestyle without the proper treatment.
Finding a Balance with Diabetes
Diabetes treatment can involve more than simply prescribing insulin to a patient. At South Florida Doctors Group, our team will take the time to customize a treatment for the patient’s individual needs. By doing so, we can help the patient learn to cope with the condition and live their life to the fullest. Do not let diabetes ruin your life.
If you or a loved one are struggling with diabetes, schedule an appointment with us today.
The main goal of diabetes treatment at our primary care facility is to help find the healthy balance of glucose (blood sugar) so the patient can function without worry of the symptoms. By using insulin, the patient will be able to control their blood sugar levels and avoid some of the more serious risks of diabetes. Benefits of professional diabetes treatment include:
- Diagnosis on the specific type of diabetes
- Professional guidance throughout the treatment process
- Insulin and instructions on usage
- Instructions and tools necessary to monitor one’s blood sugar levels
- Nutritional counseling and dietary advice to help prevent symptoms
- Customized exercise plan to help lower blood sugar levels
While diabetes is not a curable disease, there are effective methods to help patients effectively live with the condition. It is important to identify the type of diabetes since each has a few differences that impact one’s health in unique ways.
Types of Diabetes
One of the main issues with diabetes treatment is that people will not seek treatment until the condition is at its worst. The longer someone waits to seek treatment, the greater the risk of serious health risks developing. By noticing the symptoms early, patients can seek the treatment they need. Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:
- Sudden intense hunger
- An increase in thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Higher risk of regular infections in the gums or skin
- Blurred vision
- Sores that are slow to heal
Type 1 diabetes involves the immune system attacking the cells in the pancreas the produced insulin. Due to this, sugar builds up and the bloodstream and causes a variety of symptoms as a result. The main treatment for Type 1 diabetes involves taking insulin through injections. With medical advancements, there are more options to administer insulin to the body than just using a needle.
Type 2 diabetes is the more common type of diabetes in adults known as having milder symptoms than Type 1 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces a small amount of insulin, but it is not enough. In other cases, the body may even be resistant to insulin. In most cases, Type 2 diabetes is treatable with nutrition, weight and exercise counseling. Medication may eventually be required for Type 2 diabetes since the condition progresses over time.
Our diabetes treatment in Pembroke Pines, FL involves various lifestyle changes, insulin and other medication options, depending on the type of diabetes the patient has. Thus, we strive to find an effective balance in the patient’s treatment plan. Here are some of the main treatment methods we may include in a patient’s treatment plan.
Dietary Changes and Nutrition
A diet with more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will help with the symptoms of diabetes. Recommended changes include foods high in fiber and nutrition while cutting out saturated fats and refined carbohydrates. While there is no single diet plan to help with diabetes, we can help make recommendations to help with symptoms.
Most importantly, we will help people learn to count the number of carbohydrates and sugar in certain foods.
Exercise helps to lower one’s blood sugar levels and increases one’s sensitivity to insulin. This means that the body will need less insulin to carry sugar to the cells. We can help determine the types of and levels of exercise beneficial for the patient. We can also go over how to avoid too much exercise or the patient injuring themselves as a result.
To help make exercise a normal part of the patient’s routine, we will listen to activities the patient enjoys doing and make recommendations based on that.
We can help patients get the tools they will need to monitor their blood sugar levels in order to know if they need insulin or not. With insulin, the patient will be able to receive the insulin they need to keep their blood sugar in the target range. The ideal range will vary on the patient’s age, type of diabetes and any other medical conditions the patient has.
With our diabetes treatment, we can help patients have the tools and knowledge they need to live a healthier lifestyle. Call and schedule an appointment today.
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