November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Your blood sugar matters.
It is estimated that more than 34,000 people in the United States suffer from diabetes. Because November is Diabetes Awareness Month and because diabetes can have debilitating effects when not properly managed, HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical wants you to know the signs and symptoms of the disease, and how to best manage your diabetes, so that you can stay informed and aware.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious and chronic health condition that affects how your body converts food into energy.
As food is eaten, it is broken down into glucose (commonly known as “sugar”) and released into your bloodstream. When glucose levels rise, your pancreas releases insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar into the cells of the body to use for energy.
People with diabetes don’t make enough insulin or their bodies can’t use the insulin they make efficiently. When there is too little insulin in the body or the body doesn’t respond to insulin properly, blood sugar remains in the bloodstream and can cause serious health problems including heart and kidney disease, vision loss, stroke, and nerve damage.
While there is no known cure yet for diabetes, people can control diabetes and improve outcomes by taking steps to lose weight, eat healthier foods, and exercise in an effort to control and manage the disease.
What are the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes?
An array of signs and symptoms can point to possible diabetes. Frequent urination, weight loss, dry skin, numbness and tingling sensations in the hands or feet, blurred vision, hunger, fatigue, and slow-healing wounds are cause for concern and should be evaluated by a physician.
What causes diabetes?
There are different kinds of diabetes, and their causes are also different.
Type 1 Diabetes may be hereditary in nature and those who have family members with Type 1 Diabetes are at higher risk of developing the disease, which tends to develop early in life.
People are more at risk for Type 2 Diabetes when they are overweight, have family members who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, are not physically active, have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or are African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Alaskan Native. Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes (diabetes during a pregnancy) are also at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
Prediabetes is also a concern. People are considered prediabetic when they have higher than normal blood sugar levels that are not yet high enough to be considered Type 2 Diabetes. The risk factors for Prediabetes are much the same as those for Type 2 Diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes sometimes occurs during pregnancy but resolves once the baby is born. Children born to mothers with gestational diabetes may be more at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
According to the CDC, the risk of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or delayed by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Enjoying a regular exercise routine
- Engaging in a lifestyle change program
Partnering with your medical provider to manage your diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the good news is that managing your diabetes well can help lessen its impact on your daily life. Taking certain medicines, understanding how diabetes works, getting support from a regular healthcare provider, and keeping current with medical appointments is important to living well after a diabetes diagnosis.
If you have concerns or questions about your diabetes management or think you might be exhibiting signs and symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your doctor or medical provider to discuss matters like your family history of diabetes, how diet and exercise may help, and other ways to manage and possibly even prevent diabetes. An ongoing discussion about the disease and a good relationship with your medical provider can help you understand diabetes as it may affect you.
If you are looking for physicians in Newport, Tennessee, HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your concerns about diabetes or other health issues. We know that having an established relationship with a doctor close to home offers peace of mind to patients.
How will COVID-19 affect my visit with HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical?
COVID-19 is still a big concern for us all. Every patient of HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical in Newport, TN, can be certain that a sterile, clean environment is always a priority in our office. Surfaces are regularly disinfected, and masks are required during visits. All patients will be asked a series of questions about their recent health and travel before their appointments. Temperatures are taken upon arrival.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Call the office of our doctor in Newport, Tennessee at 423.582.8621 to schedule an appointment today. Make sure to tell us you’d like to speak with a provider about potential signs and symptoms of diabetes, diabetes management, or any other health concerns you may have.
We’re here for you.
A medical home is important. HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical offers both well visits and preventative care, along with urgent care, and care for chronic diseases as you need them—making it a wonderful resource for your family. Our Osteopathic Doctors in Newport, TN take exceptional care of patients and seek to create long-lasting relationships that benefit them over a lifetime.
HealthStar Physicians Family Practice is now HealthStar Premier Medical!
We’re still Newport’s compassionate, experienced Osteopathic healthcare providers. We offer a wide range of care, including DOT physicals, vaccines, and weight loss management, among other options. Click here to learn more.
We’re accepting new patients, and we accept most forms of health insurance. Contact us for more information or to schedule your next appointment.