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Diabetes Care for Life Well Lived

You deserve to embrace life, uninterrupted by diabetes. At AdventHealth Redmond, we’re focused on giving you everything you need to manage your diabetes. That means working closely with your diabetes and primary care physicians to develop and monitor a comprehensive treatment plan. We'll work with you one-on-one to make sure those plans are tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle so you can lead a fulfilling life.

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Understanding Diabetes in Your Body

The glucose (sugar) in your body comes from the food you eat — and all of your body’s cells need it for energy. Insulin is the hormone that helps move the glucose through your bloodstream to your cells. When you have diabetes, your body either does not make insulin, or it makes insulin but cannot use it properly. Left untreated, diabetes can result in damage to your blood vessels, nerve endings and organs, leading to long-term complications.

How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Headache
  • High blood sugar
  • Low blood sugar
  • Nervousness
  • Pain or tingling in legs or feet
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sleepiness or lethargy
  • Sweatiness
  • Weakness of muscles

Understanding Each Type of Diabetes

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    Type 1 Diabetes

    Your pancreas no longer makes insulin and you must take daily insulin shots, which your body must have in order to use the glucose in your food for energy.

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    Type 2 Diabetes

    Your pancreas continues to make insulin, but it either isn’t enough, or it cannot be used the way it should, so you may need either pills or insulin injections.

How We Treat Diabetes

We can help fine-tune your diabetes care and management plan with lifestyle changes and medications that target your specific needs.

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Learn How to Take Care of Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong health problem with no cure. But it can be controlled, and we’re here to help you learn how to manage it with a diabetes care plan that keeps you strong in body, mind and spirit.

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    Blood sugar diabetic monitoring

    Blood sugar should always be less than 150. We’ll help you learn how to check it at least one time per day, always washing your hands with soap and warm water before testing.

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    Stress reduction

    Stress (both positive and negative) can cause blood sugar to rise. Your thoughts, feelings, environment and the health of your body can all be a source of stress. We can help you learn techniques for reducing stress, like growing a support system of friends, family and caregivers.

  • Regular exercise

    Exercise can help lower your blood sugar, your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease. It also reduces stress, improves blood lipid levels and strengthens bones. We can help you learn how to exercise in ways that keep your diabetes in check.

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    Meal planning

    Your diet directly affects your blood sugar. We’ll help you develop a meal plan with the number of calories and types of foods your body needs to regulate your blood sugar.