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The Doctors Every Diabetic Needs

Diabetes is a disease that primarily affects the circulatory system. Diabetics have abnormally high levels of blood glucose (sugar) because their pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin attaches to sugar cells and signals the body to absorb sugar from the bloodstream, so if the body doesn’t produce enough insulin blood glucose can rise to dangerous levels. High levels of blood glucose can damage different parts of the body. Because of this every diabetic should see a few important doctors to help them control their diabetes and its effects on their bodies.

 

  • Primary Care Doctor – diabetics should see their primary care physician on a regular basis. This doctor is most commonly a family care physician or internist. This doctor is usually the most important as they help to coordinate all the other physicians on the diabetics care team. A visit to this doctor is recommend at least every 90 days.

  • Endocrinologist – an endocrinologist is a specialist in the bodies glands and the hormones produced by them, including the pancreas and the insulin it produces.

  • Dietician – a dietician can help a diabetic create a customized diet that can help to regulate blood sugar and get the diabetic the specific nutrition they need.

  • Nephrologists – while the primary care doctor will use regular testing to measure the functions of the kidneys, if they find any abnormalities they will most likely refer the diabetic to a nephrologist for a follow up visit. Nephrologists are specialists in the kidneys and their care.

  • Ophthalmologists – it is common for diabetes to affect the eyes. High levels of blood glucose can do permanent and irreversible damage to the veins in the eyes, in some cases even leading to blindness. Even diabetics with well controlled diabetes and perfect vision should see their ophthalmologist at least once a year.

  • Podiatrists – high glucose levels seen in diabetics can cause damage to the vessels in the legs and feet, decreasing their ability to deliver blood to these areas. As a result some diabetics develop diabetic neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the bodies extremities. Slow blood flow to the legs and feet also means that when a diabetic has a wound in these areas they are slow to heal and prone to infection.

 

If you or a loved one is in need of diabetic foot care please contact us at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC. With 18 locations in South Georgia and Coastal South Carolina there is an office near you with friendly doctors and staff who are ready to help you get back to living a happy and healthy life!

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