Diabetes is a disease that elevates the blood sugar and can lead to serious problems and even death if left untreated. We want to partner with you to help you manage your diabetes. There are things you can do to take charge of your health and reduce risks from your diabetes. Monitoring your blood sugar, taking your medications as directed, healthy diet, exercise, quit smoking and follow-up with your doctors will reduce your risks of complication from diabetes.
Elevated blood sugar over time can cause serious health problems by damaging small blood vessels in your eyes, heart, kidneys and feet.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness in the US.
- Diabetes is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
- Diabetes is the leading cause for kidney failure and dialysis in the US.
- Diabetes can lead to loss of a toe or foot from damaged blood vessels.
Prevention of complications should include follow up care and lab tests:
- Get your HGBA1C checked every 3-6 months.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
- Check your cholesterol level and kidney function every year.
- Stay up to date with vaccinations; flu vaccine yearly, pneumonia vaccine once before age 65 and once after age 65, tetanus vaccine every 10 years, and hepatitis B and shingles as recommended.
- Yearly diabetic foot exam (check your feet daily for any redness, numbness, tingling or opened areas).
- Yearly dilated eye exam.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Northeast Medical Group’s endocrinologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions of the endocrine system and its secretions called hormones. The endocrine system is made up of glands which include the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, pancreas, ovaries and testes. These glands secrete hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, insulin, growth hormone and others.
When the endocrine system is out of balance, either deficient or in excess, conditions may develop which our endocrinologists have the expertise to diagnose and treat. Some conditions of the endocrine system include thyroid disease, diabetes, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, menopause and cancers of the endocrine glands.
Our patients with diabetes, a condition that develops when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, receive care that addresses their long-term needs. We continue to advance our understanding and prevention of this condition through groundbreaking research and comprehensive education to help our patients live healthy, long lives.