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Diabetes Management

Desoto Family Care Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Southaven, MS

Once you have diabetes, the condition can’t be cured. Instead, you need to diligently keep your blood sugar in the normal range, and the only way to do that is with diabetes management. At Desoto Family Care Clinic, Diosan Powell, FNP, Cynthia Burchfield, FNP, and Danielle Bradley, FNP, provide comprehensive diabetes management. They teach lifestyle changes, prescribe medications, and provide the ongoing support you need to maintain normal blood sugar levels and stay healthy. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Southaven, Mississippi, or request an appointment online today.

Diabetes Management Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) condition that causes high blood sugar. The condition occurs when your body can’t produce or use insulin, the hormone that removes excess sugar from your bloodstream.

There are two primary types of diabetes: 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder that damages your pancreas and stops it from producing insulin. Though Type 1 diabetes usually appears in children, it can develop at any age. 

Type 2 diabetes

If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body stops responding to insulin, a condition called insulin resistance. Your pancreas keeps releasing insulin, but your blood sugar stays above normal. This type of diabetes most often occurs in adults but is increasingly diagnosed in children and teens.

What symptoms indicate I need diabetes management?

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes cause symptoms such as:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Vision changes
  • Tingling in your feet
  • Nonhealing foot sores

Signs of Type 1 diabetes develop quickly, while Type 2 diabetes causes gradual symptoms as it develops slowly over the years.

What complications develop if I don’t have diabetes management?

High blood sugar is dangerous because it permanently damages your blood vessels and nerves. Over time, this leads to serious complications, such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Vision loss
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Foot amputation

If you have diabetes, you double your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. 

What services are included in diabetes management?

Diabetes can’t be cured with today’s treatment options. That means you need ongoing diabetes management to keep your blood sugar within the normal range. The services you receive during diabetes management include: 

Diabetes education

Your provider teaches self-care techniques for managing diabetes, such as how to check your blood sugar and inject insulin. 

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes target the habits that contribute to high blood sugar. Your provider may help you create a diabetes-friendly meal plan, design an exercise routine, lose weight, or stop smoking. Many people can keep their blood sugar under control with lifestyle changes. 

Medications

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need to take insulin. When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, people with Type 2 diabetes also need medications to lower their blood sugar.

If you need diabetes management, call Desoto Family Care Clinic or book an appointment online today.