Why is Diabetes Management So Important?
Have you or a loved one just been diagnosed with diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body either doesn’t produce insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly, which causes elevated blood sugar levels. While there is no cure for diabetes, the medical team at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare can help you get this disorder under control through lifestyle changes and medication.
If you or someone you know has diabetes it is important that this condition is properly controlled to reduce serious health complications. Uncontrolled diabetes can greatly increase your risk of infections. Luckily, controlling diabetes doesn’t have to be challenging. This is where our medical team can help.
Treating Diabetes with Lifestyle Modifications
Improving your lifestyle can go a long way to improving your health, regardless of whether you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If diabetes has been caught early on during the prediabetic phase, your doctor can work with you to create a treatment plan that could reverse this condition. Those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes can also improve their blood sugar levels and overall health just by,
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet low in refined carbs and sugar
- Taking any medication prescribed to you by your doctor
- Managing your stress
- Reducing alcohol consumption or avoiding alcohol altogether
- Quitting smoking
- Monitoring your blood glucose and blood pressure at home
- Losing excess weight if you are overweight or obese
- Treating Diabetes with Medication
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes then taking insulin is a must, as those with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin on their own. While there are other ways to help patients control type 2 diabetes, sometimes medication to control blood sugar levels is necessary. Metformin is a common type of medication prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes.
While one medication may work well for one person it might not work well for another. Therefore, choosing the right diabetes medication for you can take time and we can work with you to find the right medication and treatment plan to control your diabetes for the long term.
If you are living with diabetes in Silver Spring, MD, or if you are looking to reduce your risk for diabetes then call Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare at (301) 587-6464 to schedule a consultation.