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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.
What your doctor in San Antonio, TX, wants you to know
Diabetes is a disease that can easily go undetected, and yet it can impair the function of your body’s systems including the nervous, immune, and circulatory systems. It can affect your feet, causing diabetic neuropathy and even toe or foot amputations. Diabetic retinopathy is another common problem which could result in loss of sight. These are just a few of the catastrophic effects caused by diabetes.
The good news is, diabetes can be effectively managed, but you need the help of a skilled physician. Dr. Dan Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX, wants to share the facts about managing your diabetes.
The first step is to diagnose diabetes with a diabetic screening. You should have your first screening at least by age 45. Your doctor will draw blood after you have fasted. This blood test measures your blood sugar levels. You may also need an A1C test which averages your blood sugar levels over an extended period of the previous 2 to 3 months.
If you do have diabetes, it can be managed by a combination of routine blood sugar testing, and medications including metformin, insulin, and others. A major part of diabetes management consists of lifestyle modifications or changes like these:
- Eat a healthy diet rich in proteins from lean meats and other low fat sources, complex carbohydrates from whole grains and leafy greens, and low in sugar
- Avoid foods and beverages with high sugar content like sodas and juices, and don't add sugar to coffee or tea
- Get plenty of exercise, at least 30 minutes each day
- Drink plenty of water, and take a snack with you in case of low blood sugar
- Routinely monitor your blood sugar levels and keep a record of them for your doctor
Diabetes can impair your body’s ability to function, which can drastically affect your quality of life. Complications from diabetes can even be fatal. Your best step is to manage your diabetes with the help of Dr. Hoyumpa.
For more information about managing diabetes and other chronic or acute diseases, call Dr. Hoyumpa at Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX. Don’t wait to take control of your health. Call today!