For people with diabetes, the truth is that the condition affects their every single bodily organ from the brain to the eyes too the heart and more. If you've recently been diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, however, you should know that with proper care, it's completely possible to live well with your condition and avoid serious complications. Your medical home, PanCare of Florida in Marianna, provides continuing diabetic care, including patient education, so you can control your diabetes and not let it control you. Your primary care doctor will partner with you to optimize your wellness.
What's a diabetic's priority?
It's understanding how their disease affects day to day function, overall wellness, and longevity. Early diagnosis and treatment are key, and your Marianna primary care doctor will provide you with the counseling, medications, lab work and more to keep your blood glucose levels at an appropriate level. This patient-doctor collaboration is called a diabetic treatment plan, and PanCare of Florida physicians individualize these plans according to patient need.
Aspects of a diabetic care plan
Each plan includes a variety of treatment and lifestyle modalities, including:
- Daily checks of blood glucose levels with an at-home monitor
- Having your A1C levels assessed at least every three months at PanCare of Florida
- Understanding and taking medications—oral or insulin injections—and reporting their side effects
- Understanding how to control episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- A program of healthy eating and daily exercise
- Proper foot care, including daily inspection of your feet for pressure points, sores, or cuts
- Routine health screening with your primary care physician, including cholesterol, blood pressure, and kidney function tests
- Routine eye examinations as people with diabetes are prone to problems with their retinas and other important structures in the eye
Know your risk
The American Diabetes Association says you at higher risk for diabetes if you:
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Have had gestational diabetes or babies of high birth weight
- Are over 45 years of age
- Have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol
We can help
At PanCare of Florida, we have the medical team, diagnostic testing, and continually affordable care that you deserve as you journey with your diabetes. If you are newly diagnosed, have managed your diabetes for a long time, or suspect you may have high blood sugars, please contact one of our many clinic locations in your community. We even have mobile medical and dental clinics for your convenience as well as specially trained diabetes educators!