Controlling blood glucose (blood sugar) is a major component of living a healthy life with diabetes. Avoiding low sugars (hypoglycemia) as well as high sugars (hyperglycemia) are key to treatment and blood glucose control. Knowing your numbers and taking control is possible.
Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of long term complications and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease. An important part of staying healthy is testing blood sugars daily and checking your blood pressure and cholesterol levels on a regular basis.
Insulin therapy is often an important part of diabetes treatment. There are different types of insulin to help patients choose the best treatment option for them. Understand the key role insulin plays in managing your blood sugar, and the goals of insulin therapy.
How often should I have my cholesterol checked?
Guidelines currently suggest that adults should be screened in their early years to determine cholesterol levels. Follow-up is based on cardiovascular risk and cholesterol levels, with high-risk individuals monitored regularly (once a year or more). It is important to maintain a relationship with your physician to guide when your levels should be measured, and assist with lowering your cholesterol if necessary.
How is Peyronie's disease treated?
Once your doctor has confirmed that you have Peyronie's disease, you may be referred to a urologist. It is possible that surgery would be required to correct any changes in the structure of the penis. If you have any symptoms of erectile dysfunction or pain with erection, you should speak with your family doctor.
How will my doctor assess me for depression?
Your doctor will review a several areas with you if trying to check your mood. Things like changes in sleep, concentration, feelings of worthlessness, appetite changes, and thoughts of suicide or self-harming. Your doctor will consider how severe your symptoms are, and how long you have had them for when deciding to diagnose and treat your depression symptoms.