Your Health Care Cannot Wait- Managing Diabetes is good for your health and can also save your life.
Many people are putting off routine care and not managing chronic conditions. If you have diabetes, make sure you do not fall into this category. Diabetes can affect every single organ in your body if not properly managed. It would be best if you worked with your primary care provider to create a diabetic treatment plan and partner together to monitor glucose levels, understand foot health, track cholesterol, blood pressure, kidney function, control hypoglycemia, and assess A1C levels.
Even if your blood sugar is controlled, you should be seeing your provider at least every three to four months. You are the most important part of your diabetes management team, and the more information you give to your provider regarding your blood sugar record, a symptom of hypo and hyperglycemia, diet, exercise, illnesses, and medicines will allow them to work with you to create a livable care plan. If you have diabetes and have had symptoms of:
• Blurred vision
• Numbness or tingling in your feet
• Persistent hand, feet, face, or leg swelling
• Cramping or pain in the legs
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
• Unusual weight gain
• Any changes that concern you
You should call your provider as soon as possible.
We at Forks Community Hospital know how medically fragile our patients with diabetes can be. We have taken multiple precautions to help you visit your provider to be safe and healthy. Putting off care is not the answer and can become medically dangerous quickly. Do not become a medical emergency.
Bogachiel Medical Clinic
DON’T DELAY. GET CARE. WE’RE HERE.
Disclaimer: This column is not intended as a diagnosis or recommended treatment of a specific condition. Answers are not a replacement for an individual medical evaluation. Individual health concerns should be evaluated by a licensed clinician.