Doctor's Visits – Key to Managing Diabetes
Doctor visits and managing diabetes go hand in hand. I am happy! My doctor discussed with me my recent blood work during my regular visit. The results were good. My Hemoglobin A1c went down from 7.2 to 7, over a span of 5 months. This is still a relatively high number, and I am doing my best to keep it close to or better yet, under 7.0. The good news is also I lost 4 pounds during the same period. The chart below says it all.
Other Test Results Needed to Manage Diabetes
In addition, all related results – triglycerides, cholesterol, kidney and liver functions were all within range. In successfully manage and control diabetes, it is important to manage all of these other readings. As mentioned in my previous posts, Type 2 diabetes could negatively affect one’s heart, kidney, circulatory system, and eyes. Diabetes takes a long time to develop. There are no warning signs until the point where the other body organs succumb to the disease. And when this happens, it may be too late – it would already be a full-blown disease. This is why it is necessary to visit your doctor regularly.
My doctor schedules me for an office visit every 4 months. Before the visit, I go to the lab to get my blood work. By the time I am face-to face with my doctor, he has the lab results in front of him In my next post, I will discuss where I get my blood work.
diabetes has been a threat to many people and in most cases people with big body or high weight use to suffer much of this and most of the doctors use to fail to give proper medication on their patients suffering of this
thank that i have got all i have wanted and hope this will be grateful and more useful
Thank you for your comments. As one ages, I believe it is necessary to be checked for the onset of diabetes. This could be determined easily by blood work prescribed by the doctor. If not managed properly, the disease progresses slowly and affects other organs in the body. The worst case scenario would be issues with the heart, kidneys, eyes and circulatory system. Issues with the circulatory system could lead to amputations, Issues with the other organs could lead to death.
I have 2 friends who have type 1 diabetes and I always notice that they have to keep injecting insulin into their body every few hours. Is this also true for type 2 diabetes?
From their experience, I know that this disease is a massive burden, but they try to keep a positive outlook. I believe that is the most important thing for anything in life. The way you view the world will be reflected back at you.
All the best!
Thank you for your comment. Depending on the severity, both types could require insulin. So many people have diabetes but are not aware of it. Once you cross the threshold from pre-diabetes to full-blown diabetes, it is hard to revert back. Diet, exercise and a more healthy lifestyle (staying away from alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc) are key to managing the disease. When these steps fail, then medication may be added to manage the disease. The good news is that many lead a normal life even with diabetes, although it could be disruptive when insulin injections are needed.
Thank you for your well-informed post. I do not have diabetes, but have to maintain a very strict healthy eating to keep hypothyroidism away in my body. I was told by my naturopathic doctor that if I don’t maintain and keep my body healthy, I could have the potential to have diabetes in the future. She watches my numbers and makes sure all is well.
Take care and I am curious what type of things you are doing to help keep your diabetes numbers lower.
Keri, thank you for your comment. hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism is another medical condition that can lead to serious consequences. It is good that your doctor is keeping an eye on your numbers. Prevention is the best way.
In regards to your question on diabetes, I minimize blood sugar spikes by eating less at each meal but eating more frequently. If possible I eat less of foods with carbohydrates (pastas, rice, bread, desserts, etc.). This means more healthy snacks in between the regular meals. I also walk several miles a week (I should really do more). There is no magic formula, one has to adjust lifestyles and dietary intake based on how the body responds. Regards, Fred
Diabetes is a very serious matter that can creep up on a person if they aren’t careful. My grandfather had diabetes for a long time. He changed his diet and is able to keep it under control. Diabetes is common and a lot of people are living with it unknowing into it’s too late.
Hello, Michael, thanks for your comments. You are absolutely right. The disease creeps up on you and it is essential that as one ages, tests are conducted to check for its presence. If treated early, just like your grandfather, it could be controlled. I was just thinking was happened to people back then when they had the disease and there were no medications back then. How fortunate we now are!
Hi there Fred and thank you for writing down your experiences with your type 2 Diabetes. It definitely helps other sufferers. It would appear you have a very understanding doctor on your side which does help enormously.
I notice from another blog that you are on Metformin. This drug has quite a few side effects and I’m glad you seem not to suffer any of them.
Have you ever thought of trying a natural remedy like magnesium? This my help you to slowly reduce your prescription medicines. Your doctor may know about magnesium’s benefits and that all diabetics are magnesium deficient, but many don’t and they are obliged to prescribe drugs, not natural treatments. Check it out for yourself, there’s lots of info on the web. Good luck! Ches
Ches, thank you for commenting. I know that there are many supplements available. I just finished writing a blog on bitter melon and cinnamon. I wrote the blog because I have first hand experience in taking the supplements. I have not taken the many others and will write another blog after I complete my research. I just found recently that marijuana is another supplement on the list! Regards, Fred
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Thanks for your interest. Let me know if I could be of help. Regards. Fred