DIABETES AND YOUR TEAM OF EXPERTS
Diabetes is, without a doubt, one of the more unique ailments 21st Century Americans have to deal with. One of the elements that makes it so unique is the fact that it is not a “stand alone” issue. While the “root problem” is the fact that Diabetes impacts, and is impacted by, the Pancreas, it also has the propensity to adversely affect the Eyes, Kidneys, Feet, and even your Mental Health. Today we are going to take a quick look at the experts who deal with these issues, and why they are important to the Diabetic.
Inasmuch as the Pancreas is part of the Endocrine System, it is understandable that one of the Medical Experts you may have dealings with is an Endocrinologist. Whether you are a Type I or Type II Diabetic, it may not be surprising if you have reasons to frequent an Endocrinologist in the course of Diabetes Treatment.
These may include, but are not limited to, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts and Glaucoma. It is recommended that Type I patients have an annual Dilated Comprehensive Eye Exam beginning five years after diagnosis. Type II Diabetics should have their Annual Eye Exam annually at time of diagnosis.
Often the issue with feet is the result of circulatory problems. This may lead to problems in your body healing blisters and cuts, which can result in major issues, up to including gangrene which can lead to amputation. As a result, it is imperative that the Diabetic visit a Podiatrist, who can monitor your feet to avoid serious infections.
Over time, people with Diabetes may be at risk for Kidney Disease. While your Primary Doctor may conduct the annual test for identifying Kidney Problems, they may then recommend that you visit a Nephrologist. They will help you maintain proper Kidney care, up to and including Dialysis when needed.
MAINTAINING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Diabetes is a life long struggle, and as such can create periods of frustration and even depression. It has been determined that it is often beneficial to involve one’s self with a Support Group. If this isn’t the way you would prefer to deal with these issues, there are specialists who can help you on a “one on one” basis.
As Exercise is an important element in maintaining Diabetes, it is often beneficial to go to someone who can help you design and maintain a proper Exercise Regimen.
As you can imagine, it is imperative that you communicate frequently and truthfully with your Primary Care Giver so they can evaluate your situation and determine if, in fact, you will need to visit one of these specialists. It is most important to never assume that any symptoms or problems will “just go away!”
If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!
This Blog was written, in part, with information gleaned from the following sources: