What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn’t use the insulin hormone produced by your pancreas properly. This leads to high blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar level is consistently high, you can develop serious health problems such as:
About 90-95% of all diabetes sufferers have Type 2 diabetes. While the potential consequences of Type 2 diabetes are scary, the good news is that you can avoid severe health problems with the right diabetes management plan. With the help of your supportive care providers at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City, you can maintain good health even with Type 2 diabetes.
What is the best diabetes management plan?
The best diabetes management plan is one that’s designed for your specific needs. Your care providers at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City take many things into account when creating your diabetes management plan, including your current health, history with Type 2 diabetes, your risk level for other conditions, and more.
For any Type 2 diabetes sufferer, whether newly diagnosed or a long-term sufferer, health changes are a crucial part of diabetes management. You may need to:
AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City offers weight management help as well as the other health counseling you need to make the necessary life changes.
Some Type 2 diabetes sufferers also need to take medication. Oral medications can reduce glucose production, increase insulin production, or make your body more sensitive to insulin. In some cases, Type 2 diabetes sufferers may need injectable insulin as well.
How often should I check my blood sugar?
Some Type 2 diabetes sufferers need to check their blood sugar every day. But, if you’re not taking supplemental insulin then it’s likely you don’t need to test daily. Your care provider will determine a blood sugar testing schedule that works for you. Of course, it’s also important to have checkups on a regular basis to monitor both your blood sugar and your overall wellness.
At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City, Type 2 diabetes sufferers can get the diabetes management support they need. Book your appointment online or by phone today.