More people than ever are living with diabetes which has caused the public and medical communities to become very concerned. The rise in diabetes has not only effected the adult population, but children and adolescents as well. Prompt treatment after diagnosis is important to lessen the potential devastating effects of poorly controlled diabetes.
Symptoms are often hard to notice, so it is necessary for you to tell you doctor if you notice any of the following:
• Excessive Hunger
• Excessive Thirst
• Frequent Urination
• Weight Loss
• Blurry Vision
• Frequent Headaches
• Slow Healing Wounds
• Numbness and Tingling in Hands and Feet
• Skin Infections
• Erectile Dysfunction
You should be particularly aware of these symptoms if you are overweight, are rarely physically active, have a close relative with diabetes or are of Native American, Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic or Asian descent.
After you have been diagnosed with diabetes, specialized care may be needed and your medical provider may refer you to a specialist, such as a podiatrist or ophthalmologist. Frequent regular care of your diabetes is important for preventing or minimizing the effects of diabetes. The provider caring for you will be just one part of your care team.
A registered nurse and dietitian will meet with you to evaluate your needs and help identify lifestyle changes to manage your diabetes. Sessions may include instruction on blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration, meal planning, medication instruction and exercise. The number of sessions required will depend on your personal needs.
To help people learn more about diabetes prevention, control and treatment, Cumberland Healthcare offers community members education and self-management tips through the Diabetes Self Management Program. The goal of this program is to provide community members with the tools and skills needed to maintain a healthy life. Topics include blood sugar control through self-monitoring, nutrition and exercise habits. For more information, click HERE.
To learn more about our diabetic services, call 715-822-7182.
For more information on diabetes research, news, definitions, statistics, recipes and nutrition, visit www.diabetes.org.