What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease which impairs the body’s ability to process glucose resulting in high blood glucose level. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body and comes from the food we eat. Glucose in the blood enters the cells through a hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin. Insulin is the primary regulator of glucose in the body.
For people with diabetes, the body stops making insulin or enough insulin. Excess glucose stays in the bloodstream and does not reach the cells. Having too much glucose over time can lead to serious health problems. Ignoring the signs and symptoms of diabetes can result in severe and often preventable side effects.
The early signs of diabetes are:
- Increased Thirst
- Frequent Urination
- Increased Hunger
- Slow Healing of Wounds
- Yeast Infections
- Pain In Hands or Feet
- Blurred Vision
Management of Diabetes:
The management of diabetes requires an understanding of what causes blood glucose levels to rise and fall. Keeping glucose levels within the desired range can be challenging. An essential component of a diabetes management plan is a healthy diet and regular exercise. Consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.
Self-monitoring is a crucial factor in the wellbeing of a person managing diabetes. The objective of self-monitoring is to collect detailed information about glucose levels throughout the day to share with your doctor. Your doctor adjusts the therapeutic regimen as your activity and diet are changed or improved.
There are several benefits of home blood glucose testing:
- It helps to determine which foods or diet are best for one’s control as well as an understanding of how meal and portion sizes keep their glucose levels in a required range and which don’t.
- Better differentiate between the symptoms of hypo and hyperglycemia.
- Reduces anxiety about, and increases understanding of, hypoglycemia.
- It helps inform the patient and doctor about how well the medication regime is working.
- Helps people with diabetes make good choices about their diet and physical activity.
With our newly introduced app, qure4u, a provider and nurse from our facility, can remotely monitor your entered glucose numbers. The providers use this data to set patient-specific goals to help safely maintain your blood sugars. Each time you need to check your blood sugar, the app sends a reminder notification to input your reading into the qure4u app. The app tracks your progress and sends a report to the practitioner reviewing your case. The app also notifies our staff if your blood sugars are out of the acceptable range. Your health provider can help you regulate and adjust your medication dosages without ever having to come into the office.
The qure4u app also allows the addition of notifications for different health aspects such as blood pressure readings or exercise reminders, all helping to aid in your goals towards a healthy lifestyle. Whenever you have a question or need help you can send a message, book an appointment, or schedule a video call.