10 Nov November is Diabetes Awareness Month
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of deaths in the U.S. and affects over 29 million Americans, mainly seniors with 26% of people ages 65 & older having diabetes. There are approximately 1.5 million new cases each year and many complications & risks arise from diabetes, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, increased risk of heart attack & stroke, blindness and amputation.
At Family Practice Associates, we take management of your diabetes seriously and want to make sure that your condition is treated appropriately and that you are getting the care you need. If your condition dictates it, then our Care Coordinators may be contacting you monthly to check on your condition and offer assistance.
If you have diabetes of any type, follow these tips:
- Take your medications as prescribed by your physician or provider. If you cannot afford your medications, contact our Care Coordinator who may be able to connect you with financial resources.
- Keep your follow-up appointments with your primary care provider. We recommend every 6 months for diabetics and every 3 months if your HgbA1c is > 7.
- Monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure at home. Keep a log and bring to your appointments.
- Maintain a healthy weight and BMI between 23 and 30. Follow your recommended diet. FPA may be able to connect you with a dietician for further assistance and education.
- Get your annual eye exam.
- Follow-up with a podiatrist for foot care, if you are having issues with your feet.
- Work with your primary care provider to establish care plan goals including lifestyle changes, such as exercise & diet, that will help you better manage your diabetes.
Together we can help you achieve your goals and control your diabetes!