Tips for Testing for & Managing Diabetes

What puts me at risk for diabetes?

There are many factors that make one at higher risk for developing diabetes. Besides age and family history, these are the following factors that can make you at higher risk of diabetes:

  •  Current weight – anyone with a BMI of over 25 is considered overweight
  •  High Blood Glucose Levels
  •  High Blood Pressure - over 140/90
  •  Inactive lifestyle
  •  Blood vessel problems that affect your heart, legs, or brain
  •  High Cholesterol
  •  Chronic steroid use such as prednisone

How do I manage my diabetes?

Managing diabetes is done on a case by case basis, and unlike many other diseases, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, diabetes is not maintained by medication alone. Diabetes is also very personal and starts with a commitment to yourself and your plan. The following tips however, provide a basic daily guideline to managing your diabetes: 

  •  Nutritional Management
  •  Exercise & physical activity
  •  Medication
  •  Glucose Monitoring
  •  Social factors
  •  Individual Thoughts and Behavior

How does Dr. Goff Test for Diabetes?

A1C testing is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average blood glucose levels over the past few months, usually 2-3. Doctors prefer A1C blood tests for diagnosing diabetes for a variety of reasons including:

  •  Test helps diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  •  Does not require fasting
  •  Blood can be drawn at any time of day
  •  This test specifically measures what percentage of your hemoglobin is coated with sugar

Dr. Goff also administers Diabetic Testing, including Retinopathy Testing. These testing services include:

  • Retinopathy –tests for diabetic retinopathy
  •  Tonometer – screening for glaucoma 
  •  Sudoscan – tests for diabetic neuropathy-small nerve fiber testing
  •  CVP (Cardiovascular Profiler) for small and large artery elasticity-earliest sign of cardiovascular disease

Here are some final tips provided by Dr. Goff and his staff for diabetes maintenance:

  •  Do not get overwhelmed by a diabetes diagnosis
  •  Monitor your stress
  •  Pay attention to what your body is telling you
  •  Drink alcohol responsibly
  •  Do not smoke
  •  Keep vaccines up to date
  •  Visit your dentist, eye doctor, and physician regularly
  •  Monitor your feet for swelling, calluses, or any other abnormalities
  •  Schedule a Diabetic Education visit at the office and pick up some great information guides and tools to use at home.
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