Diabetes is a common disease, affecting individuals of all ages. While it can cause serious health problems, it is also manageable. Understanding the facts, signs and treatment of diabetes can help you keep your symptoms under control and your body functioning properly.
Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio can help answer all your questions about diabetes and keep you in good health.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes happens when the body is unable to produce insulin, or unable to properly utilize it. Type 1 diabetes more commonly appears in adolescents, while Type 2 is more often found in adults.
What are the signs of diabetes?
- Tiredness or lethargy
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Prolonged blurred vision
- Numbness in your feet or legs
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Increased, unexplained hunger.
- Dehydration, possibly causing dry mouth or itchy, flaking skin
- Slow to heal of cuts and sores
How is diabetes diagnosed?
Your San Antonio doctor will likely perform a diagnostic test, measuring your glucose levels. For a fasting plasma glucose test, you will need to fast for eight hours, while for an oral glucose tolerance test you will fast but then drink a high glucose beverage prior to testing. A random glucose test can be done regardless of when you last ate.
What health problems can be caused by diabetes?
Undiagnosed or untreated diabetes may lead to:
- Kidney damage
- Eye damage
- Nerve damage
- Heart disease
How is diabetes managed?
If you have Type 1 diabetes, your San Antonio, TX, doctor will likely prescribe insulin. Type 2 diabetics may need insulin or other medication. In addition, a high fiber, low glycemic diet, weight management, exercise, and monitoring of your blood sugar level is important.
If you have more questions or concerns about your diabetes, call Texan Family Clinic today at (210) 562-3125.
If your child is one of the estimated six million youth in the U.S. who are affected by asthma, you understand it can be a frightening and debilitating condition. Your San Antonio family physician Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic can help alleviate and treat their symptoms so your child stays healthy and happy.
What is childhood asthma?
Asthma is the number one chronic lung disease in children and affects the bronchial tubes, which allow air to enter and leave the lungs. Because the passageways of babies and youth are so narrow, they are prone to inflammation from colds and sickness. This can cause mucus buildup, cough, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
How can your San Antonio family physician help treat your child's asthma?
After your child has been diagnosed with asthma, usually through an airflow and allergy test, your physician will identify ways to both quickly reduce symptoms and offer long term relief.
Your child will be prescribed an inhaler, which should be carried at all times. Inhalers come in three forms: a metered dose inhaler uses a chemical propellant to deliver medicine into your child's mouth, while a dry powder inhaler does not use a propellant. A nebulizer uses pressurized oxygen to send a mist of medication through a mask fitted over the nose and mouth.
Identifying and avoiding asthma triggers is also important. Common triggers include allergies to dust, pollen, mites and dander. Smoke, fumes, pollution and strong fragrances may also be problematic.
Respiratory illness, including flu, pneumonia and sinus infection are a common exacerbator of asthma symptoms, as are dry or cold weather. Intensive physical activity may cause exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. With the use of quick-relief asthma medicines like Anticholinergics through an inhaler, your child should be able to continue their favorite sports and recreation without worry.
There is no cure for asthma, but with education, medication, and a plan formulated with your San Antonio, TX, family physician, your child can participate and enjoy the same activities as their peers. Contact Texan Family Clinic at (210) 562-3125 today!
Urgent medical care can be needed at any time of the day. At Texan Family Clinic, we make getting that care easier and more comfortable. From strep tests to pregnancy testing to sutures, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa and his team in San Antonio provide accurate and compassionate urgent care. Learn more here!
What is urgent medical care?
Urgent medical care addresses medical concerns that need immediate attention but are not life-threatening. For instance, you cut your hand opening a can of dog food, and the resulting laceration requires suturing. Or, perhaps it's 7 pm on a Friday night, and your child has a moderate asthma attack and needs an assessment.
At Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, urgent care is our business. When you come to the office, you'll be seen quickly by Dr. Hoyumpa who will perform a medical examination, assess your symptoms/vital signs, and formulate a treatment plan to stabilize your condition.
The doctor will perform diagnostics tests as needed on site, including:
- Blood work
- Strep testing
- Flu assessment and treatment
- Urinalysis for UTI
- Blood glucose testing
If required, he'll refer and arrange transport to the nearest hospital emergency room for conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias, possible stroke, unresolved bleeding, and more. In-house, he can treat conditions such as:
- Sprains, strains, and mild to moderate lacerations
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Ear and sinus infections
- Injuries from falls
- Minor burns and abrasions
- Irritations and infections of the eye (conjunctivitis)
The Urgent Care Association of America says there are about 9,000 urgent care centers in the United States serving about 160 million patients of all ages every single year. Medical Economics reports that people use urgent care centers more and more because they enjoy the convenience and accessibility.
At Texan Family Clinic, Dr. Hoyumpa accommodates these desires while additionally providing superior quality health care on a continual basis. He and his staff encourage you to make their practice your medical home for the management of chronic and acute medical conditions!
Give our San Antonio Office a Call!
Contact our appointment scheduler today at (210) 562-3125, or book online. We treat both children and adults so that the entire family can experience optimal wellness!
How are your blood glucose levels? Your physician at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa, carefully monitors his patients's blood sugars, looking for diabetes, a major health threat to Americans of all ages. Do you know enough about diabetes? Read here answers to some frequently asked questions about this chronic disease.
FAQs about diabetes
1. What is diabetes? This chronic disease is characterized by unstable glucose levels in the blood stream. Due to a lack of insulin, or because of the body's inability to use the insulin it produces, diabetic individuals cannot convert sugars and carbs into the energy their body cells need to function.
2. What's so bad about high blood sugar? High blood sugars cause various debilitating symptoms such as thirst, frequent urination, sweating, weakness and fatigue.
3. How do I know I have diabetes? Many people do not know they have diabetes until their routine blood work shows high glucose levels. Other people, however, come to Dr. Hoyumpa in San Antonio complaining about frequent urination, fatigue, vision changes, anxiety, extreme thirst, and more.
4. Does diabetes have certain risk factors? Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, typically has a hereditary component and seems to be autoimmune in nature. In other words, the person simply cannot produce sufficient insulin to use his or her food properly to fuel his body. Type-2 diabetics do produce their own insulin, but perhaps there is not enough of it or their bodies can's use it properly.
5. What are the risk factors for diabetes? They are obesity, heredity, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, giving birth to high birth weight babies, being over 45 years old, and more.
6. What is gestational diabetes? This type of diabetes expresses itself during pregnancy, particularly if a woman gains too much weight. OB/GYN physicians typically follow these pregnancies carefully, watching blood sugar levels, size of the baby and potential birth complications. The symptoms of gestational diabetes normally go away once the baby is delivered.
7. What can a diabetic eat? A diabetic diet is not as restrictive as people often assume. Obvious no-no's are high-sugar/fat foods such as desserts and soda pop. On the positive side, diabetics can eat a wide variety of low-fat, high-protein foods and plenty of fresh veggies and fruit.
At Texan Family Clinic, Dr. Dan Hoyumpa checks for diabetes and other chronic health problems with annual physicals. We offer in-house lab work for your convenience. Call the office in San Antonio, TX, today if it's time for your routine check-up or if you have any other concerns or questions at (210) 562-3125.
How your family physician in San Antonio, TX, can help with high blood pressure
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious medical condition. It’s called the “silent killer” for good reason—it often goes undiagnosed, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. However, the good news is that high blood pressure can be effectively managed. Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX, offers several effective ways to deal with high blood pressure.
More about Treatment
Blood pressure is a measurement of blood flowing through your arteries, and if blood flow encounters resistance, your blood pressure reading will be high. This resistance is caused by the presence of plaque along your artery walls, which causes the narrowing of your arteries. High blood pressure can be caused by genetics, a diet high in fat and salt, and a myriad of other factors.
You can do a lot to manage your blood pressure, including modifying your diet and getting enough exercise. Remember to:
- Eat a healthy diet low in fat and salt
- Eat less red meat and more poultry/fish
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit consumption of alcohol
- Get regular exercise
- Avoid smoking
Your family physician can help manage your high blood pressure too. In addition to lifestyle and diet modifications, you may need medications. Some common medications which are prescribed to help keep blood pressure under control include:
- Diuretics, to help get rid of excess fluid
- ACE inhibitors, to relax blood vessels
- Beta Blockers, to open blood vessels, which lowers how hard your heart has to work
- Calcium channel blockers, to relax blood vessels and slow down your heart rate
High blood pressure can happen to anyone, often without any symptoms, which is why it’s important to see your family physician regularly. To find out more about managing high blood pressure and other chronic or acute medical conditions, call Dr. Dan Hoyumpa of Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX, at 210-562-3387. He can help keep you healthy, so call today!
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