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QIf I exercise, eat better and lose weight, will I be cured of diabetes?
If I exercise, eat better and lose weight, will I be cured of diabetes?
For a type 2 diabetic-once a diabetic, always a diabetic. But all is not doom and gloom. The goal of the Diabetes Center-Miami is to try and help you to live a healthier lifestyle and get off as much medication (if not all diabetes medication) as possible. For type 1 diabetes, the answer is at... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QWill I have to stay on insulin forever?
Will I have to stay on insulin forever?
There is a common misbelief that once you start on insulin you cannot get off. More often than not, for a type 2 diabetic who has been well-managed, this is untrue. We, at the Diabetes Center-Miami, recommend you get established with a well-trained management team as early in the disease proces... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QHow often do I have to test my blood sugar?
How often do I have to test my blood sugar?
The answer depends. If you are on no medications that will cause low blood sugars and are under good control, then perhaps once every few days. A pattern of testing will be established with you. If you are on a medication that can cause low blood sugars, such as insulin, the frequency with may... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QAm I doomed to have the complications of diabetes?
Am I doomed to have the complications of diabetes?
We do recommend that all diabetics see a specialist, and preferably a complete diabetes team, such as at the Diabetes Center-Miami, to minimize the risk of developing diabetic complications. Such complications develop slowly and are often ignored by primary care physicians until it’s too l... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QWhy do I have complications from diabetes if I’ve been under such good control?
Why do I have complications from diabetes if I’ve been under such good control?
There is usually one reason why a diabetic develops complications when they been told they are under good control. That answer is that they have been misled. It is important for a patient to learn about the standards of care and guidelines for diabetics and take an active part in their care. A... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QWhy do I have to be on so many medications for diabetes?
Why do I have to be on so many medications for diabetes?
The reason you may have to be on so many medications is that the medications work in different ways to control blood sugars. It is an outdated belief that type 2 diabetes is just a deficiency of insulin requiring either insulin or medications that increase insulin levels. Nowadays we know that ... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QIf I’ve already seen a nurse educator and dietitian, why do I have to see one at your office?
If I’ve already seen a nurse educator and dietitian, why do I have to see one at your office?
We at the Diabetes Center-Miami encourage all patients to be involved with a multipronged approach to diabetes-the sort that only an American Diabetes Association accredited diabetes center can provide. We would be very happy if you’ve previously seen a diabetes nurse educator and dietitian. ... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
QWhy haven’t I been able to get my diabetes under control?
Why haven’t I been able to get my diabetes under control?
A patient who comes to the Diabetes Center-Miami doesn’t have to ask that question of us. In the education process, you’ll come to find out why you are not under control and learn about all the treatment options to help you get under control.
QWhat if I don’t want to take the prescribed medications?
What if I don’t want to take the prescribed medications?
In the old days, doctors told patients what they had to do. Nowadays doctors discuss all treatment options with patients so that they can make an informed decision. Sadly, most doctors don’t have much time to spend with a patient discussing options. This is all the more reason why itR... READ ENTIRE ENTRY
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