Are you looking for a new doctor or primary care physician (PCP)? There are many reasons why you might decide you need to change doctors or healthcare providers. A new diagnosis or a change in your health status could be driving your search. Or maybe you recently moved to a new town and need a doctor near where you live. Perhaps your healthcare provider retired or maybe you just don’t “click” with your current doctor.
Do you live with diabetes? If so, you’ve probably heard about, or even considered using a Continuous Glucose Monitor. A Continuous Glucose Monitor, also known as a CGM, is a wearable device that lets you track your blood sugar without the need for frequent fingersticks.
Exercise. We’ve talked about it in this blog. Your doctor has probably recommended it. You may even be doing it. Many people with diabetes and pre-diabetes know that exercise is key to managing their condition. In fact, exercise in addition to diet, monitoring blood sugar levels, and taking insulin and other medications are key components of diabetes self-care and management.
Blood pressure (BP) is one of the most familiar metrics in healthcare. Most people have had their blood pressure taken dozens of times in their life and probably don’t think too much about what the resulting numbers mean. This blog is about to change that! Read on to answer questions about blood pressure such as: What’s an ideal BP? What makes your blood pressure rise and fall? What can you do to control your blood pressure? And how does blood pressure relate to chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes?
If you use a wheelchair or spend a lot of time in bed, you may be at risk of developing a bedsore. Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue that develop when something is rubbing or pressing against the skin. The rubbing reduces blood flow to the area, which can cause the skin to break down, creating a sore.
If you’ve ever felt frustrated, or even fed up, with managing a medical condition such as diabetes that may be with you forever, you are not alone. For many people, such negative feelings are temporary and may go away on their own as your mood changes. For others, however, bouts of sadness, anxiety, and hopelessness could signal depression and need to be addressed with professional help.
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Whew! That surgery that’s been on your mind is finally over. Concerns about anesthesia, being in the hospital, and the outcome of the procedure can all be put to rest. Everything went well and you’re going to be fine! While that good prognosis will take a lot of weight off your mind, it is not the end of your surgery experience. Now it’s time for recovery—regaining your strength and stamina and letting your body heal.
Has your doctor advised you to reduce your intake of carbohydrates (carbs)? Maybe your A1C—a measure of blood sugar over time—is indicating diabetes, or pre-diabetes? Or you might just be trying to lose a few pounds. Whatever the reason, it’s probably a bit painful to imagine life without pasta, bagels, and potatoes. Worry not—we’re here to ease your pain!
Should I, or shouldn’t I? If you have diabetes, you may have been asking yourself whether a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is the right choice for you. You’ve probably heard about no-fingerstick CGM technology, which lets you track blood glucose levels day and night. But how do these devices work? Are they better than traditional testing methods? Do you have to be a “tech person” to use one? Will insurance pay?