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Managing Diabetes with a Medical Home

Healthy Lifestyle

Right now, our country is seeing epidemic levels of type 2 diabetes. More people are diagnosed every day, and it’s mostly because of obesity. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where your body is no longer able to properly manage the sugars in your bloodstream. It can cause serious complications such as:

  • Raised risk of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Problems with poor circulation
  • Eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts
  • Kidney disease
  • Nerve damage
  • DKA (Ketoacidosis) and Ketones, a serious issue that can lead to a diabetic coma
  • Gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the stomach and movement of food through the intestinal tract)

Managing your diabetes

Hearing the diagnosis can be scary, sad or even hard to believe. Many people who find out they have diabetes don’t really feel sick and are now faced with managing a serious illness which needs to be carefully managed.

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, you need answers to so many questions:

  • Where do I begin to manage my type 2 diabetes?
  • How do I know what I can and can’t eat?
  • How do I manage my blood sugars?
  • What can I do to stay healthy?

Living with diabetes

As a Patient-Centered Medical Home provider, Methodist partners patients with Health Coaches to help answer those questions and help manage their illness. It’s a team approach to whole-person care, helping patients take a more active role in their health and wellness. 

Health Coaches serve as a guide in-between doctor visits to help manage care at home. Dietitians also play a role by helping manage diabetes through proper nutrition choices. 

Patients and providers alike want to use fewer medications and take a more natural approach to diabetes management.

Dr. Hutteger explains lifestyle changes patients can make and how Medical Home Health Coaches help patients achieve their goals.
 

Gregory Hutteger

About the Author:

Dr. Gregory Hutteger attended medical school at A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Kirksville, Mo.), prior to completing his family medicine residency in Michigan. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Hutteger cares for patients at  Methodist Physicians Clinic Regency as well as Methodist Hospital.

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