When you have diabetes, your body can’t use the energy from your food. The body’s main source of energy is glucose (sugar), which is broken down from the food you eat. Normally glucose passes into the bloodstream and into your body’s cells to be used for energy. The cells require a hormone called insulin to allow the glucose to enter.
With diabetes, the body produces too little insulin or can't use available insulin efficiently. The cells do not respond and your body loses its main source of energy. Also, glucose can build up in the blood causing damage to your nerves, as well as the blood vessels in your eyes, heart, kidneys, and more.
One of the reasons that diabetes is so dangerous is that you can have it and not know it because you don’t have symptoms. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, erectile dysfunction, blindness and kidney failure. It is also the main reason for amputations of the feet.
Even though diabetes has serious medical complications and can be life-threatening, the good news is that the disease can be managed so that you can live a normal, healthy life. But, you will need to make some lifestyle changes and pay attention to your body’s warning signs.
To diagnose diabetes, all you need is a simple blood test.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
- No symptoms
- Sore or cuts that heal slowly
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination or urinary tract infections
- Unexplained weight changes
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Blurry vision
- Erectile dysfunction
- Dark skin changes in the neck, armpit or groin
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Bedwetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the night (type 1 diabetes)
But, I Don’t Have Symptoms
You may not have symptoms yet, but if your blood sugar levels are higher than normal (prediabetes) you are on the path to the disease of type 2 diabetes. You must make changes in your lifestyle now in order to avoid the number of complications that can result from ignoring high blood sugar. You could delay or even prevent diabetes by making just small changes daily.
What Could Happen If I Ignore My Diagnosis?
Even if you don’t have symptoms, if you don’t start making changes now, you are likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the next few years. The disease will cause you to be at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, nerve pain, vision loss, foot ulcers or amputation.
With the Jane Phillips Diabetes Education Program, we give you the knowledge and skills to make managing diabetes part of your lifestyle.
The Team Approach
We realize that each person with diabetes is unique. Education sessions are taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitian, certified diabetes educators who use a combination of teaching, counseling, and lifestyle changes to help you learn to manage diabetes and enhance your quality of life. Together, they work with you to meet your needs and treatment goals.
Our diabetes education program works with your primary care physician to support and give you the tools to take control of diabetes.
Each participant in the diabetes program will receive a personalized education plan that includes:
- Individualized meal plan
- Exercise strategies
- Medication instruction
- Long-term complication risk reduction education
- Emotional and coping techniques
- Glucose monitoring training
- Additional resources
Conditions we treat:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes
Services we offer:
- Type 2 diabetes classes
- Pre-diabetes classes
- Advanced insulin management training
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Nutritional counseling
- Insulin pump training
Medicare and most insurance plans cover costs for the program. Check with your insurance provider about coverage for diabetes education. Physician referral is required for this program.
For more information on the program and fees, contact us at 918-331-1143.
Remember that you are the most important player in keeping your diabetes in check. You bring the desire – we'll give you the tools.