UHS offers many resources for diabetes care

Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease that you will have to manage independently on a daily basis for the rest of your life. Although it may seem overwhelming, with the help of the team at UHS Diabetes Center, it is not obligated. Located at 93 Pennsylvania Ave. in Binghamton, the Diabetes Center has served the area since the 1970s. The center manages care for patients with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes ages 18 and older, whether newly diagnosed or that they have had diabetes for many years.

November is National Diabetes Month.

UHS Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators note, “Diabetes affects most activities of daily living. However, diabetes doesn’t have to limit your dreams or ambitions: with a little planning, a person with diabetes can do anything. We help patients learn techniques to self-manage their illness by monitoring their blood sugar, eating healthy, being active, taking medication, managing stress, and prioritizing self-care to prevent or delay heart attacks. complications of diabetes.

Diabetes can affect people of all ages. Diagnosis usually occurs when an individual experiences symptoms such as blurred vision, increased thirst and urination, fatigue, hunger, drowsiness, slow-healing cuts or sores, or numbness or tingling in the feet, prompting a provider to order a blood test. Adults 45 and older should be screened regularly for diabetes. It’s important to get tested for diabetes regularly with your primary care provider, even if you don’t have any symptoms, because many people don’t realize they have high blood sugar.

The Diabetes Center team includes endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators and a dietitian. For diabetes-related foot, eye, dental, or mental health care, patients can be referred directly to specialists at UHS. The team creates an individualized treatment plan based on each patient’s specific needs, barriers, and personal circumstances. Routine visits with the endocrinologist or nurse practitioner are scheduled every three to four months, and between appointments patients can call with questions or concerns. Direct connections with each patient’s primary care provider ensure that everyone involved in the patient’s care is on the same page.

UHS experts say the disease process is always changing, and factors such as stress, pain, food, physical activity, illness, sleep and medications can affect blood sugar levels. Communication is key between the patient and the diabetes team, whether it’s reporting blood sugar levels, discussing a problem, or talking about more affordable medications or treatments. UHS’ unique approach means patients can access comprehensive diabetes management and diabetes education under one roof.

Recent advances in diabetes care technology mean that patients now have more options than ever to manage the disease:

  • A CGM is a small sensor worn on the abdomen or the back of the arm – it provides a blood sugar reading without a finger prick (not all insurance plans cover this, so be sure to check from your operator). Many continuous glucose monitors send blood glucose readings directly to a smartphone or receiver.
  • Insulin pumps can help increase the amount of time a person’s blood sugar is in range with advanced features like stopping insulin delivery or increasing insulin delivery to from sensor readings or increasing insulin based on glucose readings.
  • New blood glucose meters consume less blood and connect to smartphone apps.
  • Improved insulin pens make injections easier and easy to get concentrated insulin. New oral and injectable medications are now available, providing more treatment options for patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes websites and apps help patients monitor and track their progress, provide increased resources for education, and engage patients in self-care.

For more information on UHS Diabetes Services, Click here.

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