Uncontrolled diabetes can affect your general wellness and quality of life. However, working with the skilled team at Pompeyo C Chavez MD can turn the situation around. The specialists utilize advanced technology to manage your diabetes, prevent life-threatening complications and give you a second chance at a healthy, happy life.
What you should know about diabetes
Diabetes refers to a chronic health condition that interferes with your body’s ability to convert food into glucose. Your body breaks down food into sugar and sends it to your bloodstream. Your liver then produces insulin, which facilitates glucose absorption into your bloodstream.
When your body cannot produce adequate insulin, blood sugar accumulates in your bloodstream, increasing your risk of severe complications like vision loss, kidney disease, and heart disease. There are two forms of diabetes, including Type 1 diabetes, a disorder in which your immune system damages the pancreatic cells responsible for producing insulin. Type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent of the two, is characterized by inadequate insulin production or the inability to utilize the available insulin.
How diabetes can make your life miserable
It can be challenging cost-wise and effort-wise to manage your diabetes, but the long-term effects are worth it. Uncontrolled diabetes can increase your blood sugar levels even when taking your medications. You may also experience uncomfortable symptoms like an urge to urinate frequently and thirst.
If you don’t take a step to manage it, you can become a host to a series of complications like foot health problems, stroke, heart disease, cognitive problems, sexual dysfunction, and nerve damage. You may not be unaware of the warning signs in most cases until you experience a stroke or heart attack.
Take charge of your diabetes
Sometimes you only need to make a few lifestyle adjustments to reverse a diabetes complication or lower or restore normal blood sugar levels. If you allow it to deteriorate, surgery may be the only option to repair the complications and prevent further damage. During your initial appointment, Dr. Chavez and his team complete a comprehensive physical examination to determine the severity of your disease before developing a management plan.
Most people respond well to insulin therapy. You may need to self-administer the insulin using a special medical pump or daily injections. Dr. Chavez may also prescribe oral medication to lower your blood sugar levels. He may also educate you on evaluating your blood sugar, keeping track of your progress, and knowing when you need your medication. The team may also help you create a diet plan to help you eat healthy while monitoring your carbohydrate intake.
Attaining and maintaining a medically standard weight is also a crucial part of managing diabetes. The team offers medical management and support to help you throughout this challenging journey. You may need to develop an exercise plan and increase your physical activity, which also helps lower blood sugar levels.
If you are unaware of how to manage your diabetes, call Dr. Chavez or click on the booking tool to begin treatment today.