Controlling Diabetes So It Doesn’t Control You.
Getting expert help with managing your diabetes is smart. Going it alone can lead to unnecessary issues. St. Luke’s Wound & Diabetes Care Center offers a recognized program of the American Diabetes Association for helping our patients maximize life with diabetes.
We’re a comprehensive team of wound care specialists and endocrinologists with the knowledge, resources and compassion to support you as you live with diabetes. And our pump center has everything you need for intensive insulin management.
The St. Luke’s Wound & Diabetes Care Center will help you:
- Learn the symptoms of diabetes
- Understand the various types of diabetes
- Manage your diabetes so you can live life to the fullest
- Care for your wounds – provided by exceptional wound care specialist physicians and staff at our fully-equipped wound care center
- Find and connect to the latest resources for diabetes management
A proven plan for managing diabetes.
Following a good diabetes management plan means having more energy, feeling better, and reducing the complications associated with diabetes. Good management should not only focus on physical health but also on your emotional well-being. Getting physical activity and having a support mechanism can help in reducing your stress.
Good diabetes management happens under the supervision of a board-certified endocrinologist and includes:
- Following a meal plan for diabetes, developed and monitored by a recognized diabetes specialist dietitian
- Engaging in regular physical activity
- Attending a diabetes support group
- Consistent glucose monitoring with good record keeping
- Taking medication, if needed, to control blood glucose
- Taking excellent care of wounds with the help of a wound care specialist
- Reducing stress
- Participating in a diabetes self-management program designed for you
It’s vital that you have regular check-ups and use your appointment time wisely. Also:
- See your doctor for your diabetes regularly
- See a certified diabetes educator
- Have your diabetes doctor check your blood pressure and do foot exams on each visit
- Be ready, have your shoes and socks off and ask for the foot exam
- Bring your list of medications you are taking
- Bring your record keeping log of your blood sugars
- Have a written list of your questions
- Ask to receive a copy of your lab work and have it reviewed (A1C, lipids, and microalbumin)
- Have an annual eye and dental exam
You are not alone.
The diabetes numbers from the National Institute of Health (NIH-2011) are staggering. Nearly one in every four of the U.S. population over age 60 has diabetes. If you have any of the symptoms of diabetes, please contact an endocrinologist immediately.
It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and management plan right away. While diabetes can be managed with the help of an experienced endocrinologist, it can also transition to life-threatening levels if ignored.
Symptoms of diabetes.
The best way to know if you have diabetes is to visit your primary care physician or a board-certified endocrinologist regularly for routine blood work. Some people may experience the following symptoms of diabetes:
- Very thirsty (polydipsia)
- Frequent urination (polyuria)
- Blurred vision
- Feeling tired
- Frequent infections
Some people never experience these symptoms and often they don’t present until the diabetes is out of control. It’s important to note that any or all of the above symptoms can be signs of some other condition that can only be diagnosed by a doctor.
Risk factors of diabetes.
You are at greater risk of diabetes if you have the following:
- Family history of diabetes
- Previously had gestational diabetes
- Lifestyle: overweight and sedentary
- Certain races