Managing Your Diabetes
Living well with diabetes is within reach; an honest and open communication with your primary care physician will be a great asset in managing your diabetes and preventing any further complications.
Before your visit
- Be sure to take your blood sugar (or glucose) monitor and/or records of your blood glucose readings to your appointment. Your doctor can help you troubleshoot high or low results.
- Write a list of symptoms or concerns you want to discuss
- Ask the following:
- How often should I check my blood glucose?
- What is my target range for blood glucose readings, blood pressure and cholesterol?
- Should I make any adjustments to my lifestyle (food, exercise, medications) to improve my blood glucose control?
During your visit, pay attention to your measured blood pressure: if it is high, your risk for stroke, heart attack, eye problems, and kidney disease increases. Your physician can help you set up a self-care plan to lower your blood pressure levels.
Preventing complications is part of managing your diabetes. Be sure to discuss the following with your physician and schedule the following at least once each year:
- A cholesterol blood test
- A microalbumin test, which measures kidney function
- An eye exam performed by an eye doctor
- A flu shot
At MedStar Health, our teams of primary care physicians work closely with our endocrinologists on your behalf. We partner with you and work together to ensure your diabetes is managed as carefully and efficiently as possible.
The way you eat has a lot to do with your health. The registered dietitians at MedStar Health will work one-on-one with you to individualize a Medical Nutrition Therapy plan that will help you establish new eating habits. Our experienced staff will consider your current eating habits, medical history, and specific dietary requirements to develop a plan to achieve results.
Making lifestyle changes and learning how to eat well is important for controlling many medical conditions. We can help with many conditions including:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High Triglycerides
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney disease
- Nutrition in pregnancy
- Nutrition and wellness for all ages
Initial and follow up visits are recommended. We encourage family/support persons to attend.