What is Diabetes?
People with diabetes experience high sugar or glucose levels in their blood. This high sugar level can damage the body's organs and lead to other problems such as nerve damage, heart attacks, loss of vision, kidney damage and more. It is important to seek medical care for the management of diabetes to avoid these problems.
Signs and Symptoms
Your doctor can diagnose you with diabetes even if you don't have any symptoms through a simple blood test. Common symptoms of diabetes include:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Frequent urination
- Losing weight despite eating large amounts of food
- Blurry vision
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Extreme fatigue
Diabetes is controlled and managed through different treatment options. Your physician will discuss the best path for you to control your diabetes. Options include dietary changes such as the counting and limiting of carbohydrates, lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity, and the use of medications and/or insulin. Monitoring blood sugar levels with an at home device called a glucometer is also important.
Norman Regional has a Diabetes Education Center that is dedicated to educating those with diabetes how to manage their disease. They offer classes, individual consultations, support groups, and much more. It is certified by the American Diabetes Association as a Center of Excellence. The Norman Regional Diabetes Education Center is located close to both the Norman Endocrine Center and the HealthPlex hospital in the West Norman Professional Building at 3400 W. Tecumseh Road in Norman, OK.
Learn more at the Diabetes Center
You may receive different tests during your diabetes treatment. These include: a blood test called a hemoglobin A1c, a urine test, a lipid (cholesterol) panel which is a blood test, blood pressure measurement, eye exam, foot exam and more as deemed necessary by your physician.
- Drs. Mirza and Pham discuss type 2 diabetes through videos and animations here
- American Diabetes Association
- Norman Regional Diabetes Education Center
- National Institutes of Health (Medline Plus) About Diabetes