What is diabetes mellitus?
Diabetes mellitus is a long-lasting (chronic) illness. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas and helps the body use the sugar (glucose) from food for energy. Diabetes starts when your body does not make enough insulin or your body does not use the insulin properly. This causes too much glucose in your blood. Too much glucose can causes serious health problems, which get worse over time.
If you are concerned about diabetes, visit Healthcare Clinic for evaluation. Our board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants will recommend the best course of treatment based on your needs and symptoms.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Diabetes can affect the whole body. You can have mild diabetes and feel perfectly normal. However, the disease is still damaging your heart and blood vessels. Symptoms of diabetes get worse over time. The first symptoms are usually being thirsty, urinating frequently, tiredness, or weight gain or loss. Other symptoms include Infections, sores that do not heal, and numbness or tingling of your hands and/or feet.
Over time, diabetes causes many complications, including blindness, heart disease, and vascular (blood vessels) disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Heart disease causes heart attacks and vascular disease can lead to amputation (cutting off) of feet and legs. So, it's important to follow your diet, exercise, take your medications, and visit your healthcare caregiver regularly. You should also check your blood sugar as your caregiver instructs. Quit smoking, if you smoke.
If you are worried about diabetes, visit a Healthcare Clinic for evaluation. Our board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants will recommend the best course of treatment based on your needs.
What is the treatment for diabetes?
Many people can control their diabetes with a healthy diet and exercise. In fact, sometimes when one loses weight, the diabetes (and high blood pressure) will go away. If diet and exercise do not work or if the blood sugar is too high, medicine is given. Often a pill* is given that helps the body use sugar. If that does not lower the blood sugar enough, insulin shots may be needed.
Diabetes can be monitored and managed effectively over the course of a patient's lifetime.
Healthcare Clinic cannot provide insulin pump therapy.
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 years and older.
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If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.
2 Service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.
* Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.