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Managing Diabetes to Prevent Complications By Dr. Chard Bubb

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects nearly 10 percent of people in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. In recognition of National Diabetes Month, which occurs each November, the providers from HealthCare Partners Medical Group would like to share information to help millions of Americans who suffer from this prevalent disease.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects how the body uses glucose or blood sugar which serves as the main source of energy for all of the body's cells. Type 1 diabetes occurs as a result of the body's failure to produce insulin and type 2 diabetes is caused by the body's inability to properly absorb the vital hormone. These conditions cause the unhealthy buildup of glucose which can cause detrimental health issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the major complications associated with diabetes include blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and even the amputation of lower extremities. Thankfully, complications related to diabetes can be prevented through careful treatment and management. Although there is no cure for the disease, it can be managed, and many people diagnosed with diabetes live long and healthy lives.

Careful monitoring of the body's glucose levels is an important part of delaying and preventing serious health complications. Patients diagnosed with diabetes should check their blood glucose regularly as directed by their health care provider. Adopting a balanced diet and maintaining a regular exercise routine are vital to controlling glucose levels and ensuring they stay within a healthy range. Insulin treatments and medication may also be necessary for some people diagnosed with diabetes. Although diabetes is common, it affects individuals differently. This is why it is extremely important to consult a health care provider to determine the proper course of treatment.

Through HealthCare Partners' innovative Total Care Model, patients diagnosed with diabetes can benefit from a dedicated team of health care professionals who work in tandem to manage all aspects of patients' overall health. Beyond assisting with typical clinical matters, HealthCare Partners can also help patients with medication management and even provide a shopping list of food items to assist with diabetes management. This coordination of care also helps patients maximize their allowance of health insurance benefits, which is critically important for those who require long-term treatment.



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