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November 24, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Diabetes  

Diabetes has become a national problem as almost 11 percent of adult Americans had the diagnosis in 2018. These CDC statistics concern Dr. James Terry and his team at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX. Here's what you should know about diagnosing this chronic health care problem and how to live well with it.

What is diabetes?

Whether you have developed it as a child or an adult, diabetes impacts blood glucose levels. High sugars indicate your body's lack of insulin (which converts sugar to energy) or its inefficient use of this important hormone (as in adult-onset diabetes).

Sadly, poorly controlled diabetes impacts all bodily systems, causing problems such as:

  • Vision loss
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Hearing problems
  • Poor nerve function (neuropathy)
  • Impaired circulation and poor wound healing, particularly in the extremities
  • Lowered immunity to disease and infection

Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes

Knowing how devastating these issues can be, Dr. Terry provides diagnosis and treatment of diabetes at Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX. As diabetes may develop gradually and show few symptoms early on, Dr. Terry screens each of his patient's age 45 and over with blood work to include:

  • Fasting blood sugar (a result of over 125 is diagnostic for diabetes)
  • A1C, a measure of how much glucose is bonded to the hemoglobin in the blood (a result over seven is diagnostic for diabetes)

Additionally, many people may develop symptoms such as:

  • Significant weight loss which is unexplained
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Irritability
  • Itchy skin

Treatment depends on your body's ability to produce insulin. If it can not, you will require daily insulin injections, a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, and at-home monitoring of your blood glucose levels.

Type-2 diabetics may respond well to simple weight loss, diet modification, and exercise. However, many people need the help of medications that stimulate the body to use the insulin it produces. Insulin injections may be needed as well.

Of course, the prevention of high blood glucose is important. Dr. Terry and his team encourage their patients in healthy diets, consistent aerobic exercise, weight control, and lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Achieve your best life

For more information, contact our Grapevine, TX, office for a friendly and helpful consultation at (817) 284-9875.

May 22, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Diabetes  

Concerned about diabetes? Characterized by high blood glucose levels, fatigue, weight loss, and more, diabetes can cause long-term complications if not treated well. At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, Dr. James Terry diagnoses and treats this common endocrine problem, helping patients live well as a result.

Just what is diabetes?

Diabetes is marked by high glucose levels as measured by a routine blood draw. However, both early-onset diabetes (type-1) and adult-onset diabetes (type-2) exhibit other concerning symptoms which, if unaddressed, lead to complications such as:

  • Kidney damage
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Retinopathy (damage to the micro-circulation at the back of the eye)
  • Neuropathy (loss of sensation in the extremities)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Hearing loss

Additionally, Healthline reports that one in three adult Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition in which people have slightly elevated blood glucose levels as their bodies age. Weight control, diet, and exercise all benefit patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Concerning signs that you may have diabetes

With type-1 diabetes, symptoms are more obvious and destructive. With pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, patients actually may be asymptomatic for a long time. In either case, diabetes damages body systems.

Symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Itchy skin
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Infections in the gums, urinary tract and skin
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Poor healing
  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression

What you should do

At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, Dr. Terry and his team screen patients 40 and older for diabetes. As part of routine blood work, a fasting blood sugar level of 125 or high is diagnostic for diabetes. As such, your physician will customize a care plan to bring that number into line to help you feel your best and avoid long-term complications.

Interventions include:

  • Using insulin or oral medications such as Metformin
  • A plan of exercise
  • Dietary changes to lower fat and sugar intake
  • Keeping a healthy body weight
  • Controlling blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • At-home blood glucose monitoring
  • Stopping smoking
  • Getting routine check-ups with the dentist and eye doctor
  • Inspecting feet daily for sore spots, breaks in the skin, and temperature changes

You can still be you

At Mid-Cities Direct Care in Grapevine, TX, you'll receive the finest diabetic care possible. Dr. James Terry helps all his patients achieve life-long good health. For more information on diabetes, please call us at (817) 284-9875.