What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body’s blood sugar (also called blood glucose) level is too high. There are several types of diabetes, but most people have either type 1 or type 2. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, which is necessary to help the body store and use sugar from food. With type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t properly use the insulin that’s produced.
Symptoms of Diabetes
For diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2, there are several common symptoms:
- Increased thirst or hunger (or both)
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Labored or heavy breathing
For type 2 diabetes, additional symptoms, which often come on gradually, include the following:
- Cuts or sores that heal slowly
- Recent weight gain
- Itchy skin
- Numbness or tingling in feet and hands
- Erectile dysfunction or impotence
How Treatment Works for Diabetes
Your path to better health happens with four steps:
- Health Assessment
During your initial visit, one of our medical professionals will conduct a comprehensive health assessment that includes a simple blood test. This blood test is a full lab panel, including your blood glucose level.
- Personalized Plan
If your readings reveal high blood glucose, your provider will create a personalized treatment plan targeted to your symptoms, body, and lifestyle, including diet and exercise. Low T Center’s Head of Endocrinology works with your provider to coordinate and refine your treatment plan.
- Treatment Regimen
Your treatment regimen is based on your personalized plan. Type 1 diabetes can often be controlled by taking insulin injections, monitoring food and drink consumption, and engaging in physical activity. Diabetes patients should also be aware of the link between blood pressure and blood glucose, and take steps to control hypertension.Because type 2 diabetes is often linked to obesity, proper diet and exercise are critical to maintaining health. Patients with type 2 diabetes may also need insulin injections or medication to help the body with its insulin use.
- Optimization and Prevention
Diabetes can’t be cured, but it can be managed. Once your regimen is underway to address your diabetes (or other underlying conditions), your provider will optimize treatment to maximize your health and wellness.
Cost of Diabetes Treatment
Low T Center is in network with most insurance providers. The cost for treating diabetes is dependent upon your individual health insurance plan. Patients are responsible for all applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of their plans.
Potential Side Effects of Diabetes Treatment
Diabetes is typically treated with insulin, a hormone that allows your body to use sugar. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). Insulin is contraindicated for patients with hypoglycemia, or those who have a demonstrated hypersensitivity to insulin.
The most common side effects associated with insulin treatments are headache, weight changes, or allergic reactions. Your provider will carefully review your blood chemistry and medical history, fully discuss potential side effects and contraindications for treatment, and work to establish a treatment regimen that is right for you.
Benefits and Results of Diabetes Treatment
By managing diabetes, and prioritizing healthy food and regular exercise, patients can enjoy a richer quality of life.
Because Low T Center takes a holistic approach to men’s healthcare, our medical professionals can proactively address other conditions you’re currently experiencing, or could experience later on.
Our providers get to know you on a personal level and gather important health data often to assess progress with greater efficiency.
At Low T Center, we focus on managing your diabetes so you can feel better.