Take Action Now to Control Your DiabetesIf you want to see a change, you must make a change. For diabetes control, making
change earlier is better.
Diabetes is a progressive disease – so the more out-of-control the sugars are, the faster the diabetes will progress. In fact, the first two years after diagnosis may be the most important
time to gain better control of the diabetes.
Controlling portions of food, losing weight and increasing physical activity are all critical pieces
of the puzzle.
Limiting carbohydrates at meals is important in order to decrease calories, lose weight and
control blood sugars. If we limit carbohydrates, what do we balance our meal with? More vegetables & salads can help fill the plate. Protein needs to be with every meal.
Sources of protein can be from any meat, such as fish and chicken, as well as cottage cheese. There are other sources of protein available:
Don’t wait for a “wake-up call” to cause you to make some changes. You can make small
Diabetes and foot care
Jeffrey Hagen, DPM, is Board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is especially interested in running/athletic injuries, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and prevention of diabetic complications.
Uncontrolled diabetes causes damage all over the body and can lead to nerve and circulatory damage to the feet and lower legs. In fact, about 73,000 amputations were performed in the U.S. in one year alone due to uncontrolled diabetes.
Dr. Hagen works closely with VMC’s certified diabetes educator Susan Smith, Ph.D. to help patients maintain healthy control of diabetes and avoid complications of the feet. Dr. Hagen is now accepting new patients.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
- Blurred vision
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Slow-healing cuts
- Unexplained tiredness
- Rapid weight loss (Type 1 diabetes)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
If you experience more than one of these symptoms, make an appointment with your primary care provider.
Symptoms may occur rapidly with Type 1 diabetes; however, with Type 2 diabetes the onset is more insidious and may not be noticed.
How is diabetes diagnosed?Through a blood test measuring your blood glucose level. Usually these tests are repeated to confirm the diagnosis.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, what should you do?
- Request a referral to a certified diabetes educator and/or a dietitian
- Obtain a prescription for a glucometer and testing supplies
- Begin to make lifestyle changes
- Begin an exercise program
- Decrease portion size
- Make healthy food choices
- Limit your intake of concentrated sweets
- Increase your fiber intake
- Test your blood sugar at varying times of