A diagnosis of diabetes is made with blood tests that measure whether the glucose in your blood is too high. Sometimes the blood testing is done after fasting or after you eat food with sugar.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, we will help you manage it like we do with other chronic diseases. Diabetes has many things that need to be managed in order to be treated properly. It’s not just controlling sugar – it’s also making sure your blood pressure is tightly regulated, making sure your cholesterol is within range, and making sure you’re getting a foot and eye exam every year.
For diabetes alone, there is a wide range of chronic disease management tools. You have to make sure you are taking the right type of blood pressure medicine. You also have to be on medication that will help protect your kidneys and make sure your cholesterol is under a certain level.
Common symptoms of diabetes:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)