The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that approximately 9.3 percent of the population suffers from diabetes. That number includes all diagnosed and undiagnosed cases. Another 79 million Americans show signs of pre-diabetes, a condition that can quickly transition into full-blown diabetes. With numbers that high, all physicians must take proactive care of both their known diabetic patients and all others whose current health status makes them especially prone to developing this disease.
No one should assume that they are immune to diabetes. In fact, during 2010, about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among adults age 20 and above. Even the very young aren’t safe: About one out of every four young people beneath the age of 20 already have this illness.
The Standard of Care Owed to Diabetic Patients
Every patient deserves to have their diabetes properly monitored with appropriate medical exams and lab tests. Likewise, all other patients must be able to rely on their primary care physicians to recognize symptoms of this chronic disease that often shortens people’s lives when it’s not properly addressed.
Sadly, even when diabetics fully comply with all dietary restrictions and routinely check their glucose levels, their health may still falter if their doctors fail to properly monitor them. Should you believe your primary care internist or general practitioner isn’t meeting all of your medical needs, consider requesting a full diagnostic evaluation by an endocrinologist, a specialist who often treats diabetes.
As per American Diabetes Association (ADA) about 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
The following paragraphs describe some of the symptoms and complications common to diabetes.
Common Symptoms of Type I Diabetes
– Extreme thirst a good bit of the time;
– Frequent urination;
– Excessive hunger;
– Rather sudden weight loss, even when you’re not trying to lose weight; and
– Excessive irritability or fatigue
Common Symptoms of Type II Diabetes
– Any of the symptoms already named above regarding Type One;
– Frequent infections;
– Blurred vision;
– Cuts or bruises that rarely heal very fast;
– Feelings of numbness or “tingling” in your hands or feet;
– Frequent bladder infections; and
– Ongoing skin and gum infections
Although patients with Type One diabetes usually experience one or more of the symptoms named above, patients suffering with Type Two diabetes are often less fortunate – they may not display any symptoms readily visible to the untrained eye.
If you’ve discussed any of these symptoms with your doctor and believe they’re not been thoroughly or properly pursued, you need to either bring your concerns up again or even consider switching to a new doctor.
Complications of Diabetes
Your primary care physician or endocrinologist must take a proactive stance when it comes to complications of diabetes. Hopefully, your physician will take notice and recommend appropriate treatment before any of the following complications develop or progress. (This list is not intended to be comprehensive).
– Kidney failure/disease;
– Serious circulatory problems that can lead to the loss of one or more limbs;
– Neuropathy or nerve damage;
– Sexual functioning issues, often tied to medication;
– Frequent skin and gum diseases;
– Added risk of stroke or heart attack;
– Bladder control issues for women;
– Increase chances of developing glaucoma, cataracts and other eye diseases
Changing doctors can be a traumatic process. However, if you’re constantly battling erratic blood glucose levels and (1) keeping all of your regularly scheduled doctor appointments, (2) conscientiously following all doctor orders – including the routine checking of your blood glucose levels and maintaining a proper diet and (3) exercising regularly, it may be time to seek out a new physician.
Helpful Internet Resources
Before scheduling your next doctor appointment, it might be wise to read all you can about diabetes so you can ask the most informed questions possible. Here are the names of several reputable medical organizations that maintain Internet websites: The American Diabetes Association, The National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic. Always remember that every patient is fully entitled to the highest standard of medical care available for all known or undiagnosed illnesses.
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