Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, you’re probably wondering, “Will having diabetes change my life?” The answer is yes. But, the good news, says Botsford Hospital internist Steven Katzman, D.O., is that with proper management, you can live a full, active life— even with diabetes.
What does a Diabetes Diagnosis Mean?
Simply put, diabetes means your body has trouble making or using insulin. This critical hormone produced by your pancreas helps your body change glucose, also known as blood sugar, into energy for your cells. Without adequate insulin, too much glucose remains in the blood.
In order to keep blood sugar under control and prevent serious consequences, it’s critical to take an active role in your own care, says Dr. Katzman. You’ll help protect your health now and well into the future.
Commit to Your Well-Being
“I stress to patients they are the most important person on their care team,” says Dr. Katzman. So, do everything you can to manage your condition. Being active, eating right, taking any prescribed medications, controlling your weight and communicating with your doctor are all keys to your long-term well-being:
Find the Right Treatment Formula
Because everyone has different challenges managing diabetes, a treatment plan must be personalized, says Dr. Katzman. “One person may require help counting carbs. Another might need to check his or her blood sugar more often,” he explains.
To meet these challenges, your physician may recommend diabetes education. A Botsford diabetes educator can help you manage your disease in a way that works for you. Educators help you learn to:
For those facing special challenges controlling blood sugar, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is another option. In CGM, a tiny sensor is inserted under the skin. It checks blood glucose every five minutes for up to seven days and transmits the levels to a small, wireless monitor worn like a pager. The readings help physicians plan treatment for patients who are having trouble managing their blood sugar.
Dr. Katzman, who lectures on diabetes nationwide, says CGM is one more way Botsford is staying at the forefront of diabetes care. “We offer the latest treatments, so our patients have every advantage to manage their diabetes successfully,” he says.
All of these services are available to patients with diabetes through Botsford Diabetes & Nutrition Services.
Get a FREE brochure about Botsford Diabetes & Nutrition Services programs. Call the HealthSource Information Center today at (248) 442-2565. Or visit www.botsford.org/diabetes.