Type 2 diabetes is a disease that requires a lot of care and awareness to treat properly. The disease is something that must be considered every single day, which can be fatiguing for the person with the disease, of for their caretaker. That is why we suggest having a house call doctor visit your home at least once a month to check up on any problems.
Monitoring the levels of glucose in your blood is important for any person with diabetes. How often to check sugar varies to some extent, based on how well-managed your diabetes is as well as other health factors. In most cases, you should be checking your sugar at least twice a day and perhaps up to five times a day.
Doctors from Primary Medical Group can help you determine the right system for your needs. As far as a goal, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests keeping your blood sugar before meals to 80-130 mg/dl and your levels an hour or two after meals to under 180.
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause significant consequences, including blindness, heart disease, and kidney disease. Eating foods that raise your blood sugar above a reasonable level will increase your risk of these severe problems. Some things to limit or avoid include processed grains, white bread, sugared cereals, French fries, and white tortillas.
Hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar and is typically considered to be a blood glucose level below 70. In most cases, this is mild and can be treated. However, severe hypoglycemia is dangerous and can cause unconsciousness, aggressive behaviors, and mental confusion.
If you or a loved one is experiencing this type of effect, it is crucial to speak with a doctor as soon as possible. By choosing a doctor who comes to the house, you make this more comfortable and less risky for the patient.