The term “diabetes mellitus” refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s your brain’s main source of fuel. If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the reasons may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.
Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.
If you or loved one has diabetes, the body is not producing enough insulin, or perhaps the body is not responding well to insulin–a key hormone. Insulin helps insures the body moves glucose from the foods we eat into the cells for fuel (energy).
A caregiver from Girling Health Care can assist in managing diabetes and can help reduce the risk of long-term complications.
Some of the symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Slow wound healing
In order to get diabetes under control, you will need to consider a number of important factors, including adjusting your day to day lifestyle, diligently monitoring your blood sugar, and taking timely medications effectively. Girling Health Care is here to help you with all of the important necessary steps involved in managing diabetes, so you or your family member can feel better and reduce the risk of long-term consequences.
If you or a loved one have diabetes, please reach out to a Girling Health Care representative. Just call, fill out the form, chat or click on this link for our patient referral form.
Information about diabetes is right at your fingertips. The following organizations offer information online that can help you become more familiar about diabetes, its management, and possible complications, as well as guiding you to health care professionals who can help you manage your condition.
American Diabetes Association