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Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly use blood glucose, its main source of energy. Blood glucose comes from food we consume that has been broken down by the digestive process. In people without diabetes, a protein called insulin helps cells absorb blood glucose and use it for energy.

However, a patient with diabetes does not properly produce or react to insulin, causing glucose to remain in the blood instead of being absorbed by the cells. Without this energy, cells cannot perform their regular functions, leading to the breakdown of blood vessels and nerves. This breakdown can result in foot problems associated with diabetes (such as neuropathy, calluses and foot ulcers), loss of vision, heart disease and kidney disease.

People with diabetes can reduce their risk for other conditions by maintaining consistent blood glucose levels. Depending on the type of diabetes, blood glucose is controlled in different ways. Patients with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin and must inject themselves with insulin on a daily basis in order to absorb blood glucose. These patients should also be sure to maintain a steady diet so their blood glucose levels do not fall too low, resulting in seizures or a diabetic coma. Patients with type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their bodies do not react correctly to its presence. Oral medications can help the body react to insulin. In addition diet, exercise and weight loss can make it easier to manage blood glucose levels.

IU Health Primary Care physicians are experts in the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. We provide patient-centered care focused on making sure all your questions and concerns are answered. With an IU Health Primary Care physician, you will have access to a team of experts, from dietitians to endocrinologists to ophthalmologists, who are dedicated to keeping you healthy and empowering you to take care of your health. Our primary care physicians coordinate every facet of your diabetes treatment, from routine checkups to appointments with specialists, so that your care is comprehensive, consistent, and personalized to your needs.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Diabetes Management Treatment Information

IU Health Primary Care physicians stay on top of your diabetes treatment through regular exams. During these exams we will address your concerns, perform routine tests and offer the following services:

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Diabetes Management Support Services

Many government and nonprofit health agencies provide reliable online resources about diabetes. Visit the websites below to find more information on managing diabetes: