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Diabetes is a long-lasting chronic disease that affects how your body processes the glucose in the foods you eat and is when your blood glucose levels (also known as your blood sugar levels) are too high. Over 30 million adults in the US alone have been diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 in 4 adults don’t even know they have it.

Because there is no cure for diabetes, it is crucial to get chronic disease management care and support to reduce the impact and further health risks of diabetes in your life. Find out more about chronic disease management care with Magdalena and Crescent Health by clicking here.

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If you’re ready to get the care and support you need, give us a call or book your appointment with us online.

Magdalena Rodriguez, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Las Vegas, NV

Magdalena is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Anytime I’m not feeling well she shows genuine concern about my health (like doctors are supposed to!).

Siempre siento que Magdalena realmente se preocupa por mi salud. Se toma su tiempo para responder a todas mis preguntas y se asegura de que lo entiendo completamente.

My husband and I are so pleased with Ms. Rodriguez’ care. I will continue seeing her as my Primary Care Professional. After all these years I found a place to trust.

Ms. Rodriguez is the most caring, good listener and exceptional Healthcare provider. She is concerned about how her patients understand and follow their treatment.

WHAT IS DIABETES?

Diabetes is a long-lasting chronic disease that affects how your body processes the glucose in the foods you eat. Because glucose is converted into energy by the body, it is vital to your health, but too much glucose or the wrong kind of sugars can cause a lot of harm to the body. Many of the foods you eat are broken down into sugars and then released into the bloodstream. When your blood sugar rises, your pancreas is sent a signal to produce insulin, to turn your broken down sugars (or glucose) into energy for the body.

When you have diabetes, your pancreas either cannot produce enough insulin or your body can’t use the insulin it makes correctly. When there isn’t enough insulin, the sugar (instead of being converted into energy) stay in the bloodstream. Over time, this can cause serious health problems.

There are 3 types of diabetes:

This first type is thought to be an autoimmune reaction that stops your body from producing insulin. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this type and usually develops quickly early on in children, teens, and young adults.

Currently, the only treatment for type 1 is to take insulin daily.

Once you develop this type, your body can no longer produce insulin correctly and cannot maintain normal blood sugar levels. Over 90% of those with diabetes has type 2 and develops over the years in adults but is being diagnosed in more and more children and teens every year.

With a healthy lifestyle consisting of maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, and staying active can absolutely prevent and reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy in women who have never had diabetes but usually goes away after your child is born but increases your chance of developing type 2 diabetes later. This also increases the chance of your child developing type 2 diabetes later on in life as well.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES?

Depending on how high your blood sugar levels are elevated, your symptoms may vary. For some, especially those who are prediabetes or just developed type 2 diabetes, these symptoms may not show up at first. If you see any signs of these symptoms or have a family history of diabetes, you should speak to your provider about reducing your risks immediately.

Some signs you may have diabetes:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing sores
  • Frequent infections

WHAT CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING DIABETES?

The following can increase your risk of developing diabetes:

Being overweight. Any additional fatty tissue causes your cells to become more resistant to insulin.

Being inactive. The less active you are the greater your risk. Being physically active causes your body to use glucose as a source of energy, causing your cells to be more sensitive to insulin.

Unhealthy lifestyle choices. For example smoking and drinking alcohol.

Family History. If your family has a history of any type of diabetes, your chances of developing diabetes as well are much higher and should maintain a lifestyle of healthy habits to reduce your risk.

High blood pressure. Having high blood pressure is directly linked to having an increased risk of diabetes.

High cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are another form of fat carried in the bloodstream. When high levels of glucose remain in the bloodstream, cells cannot properly use the insulin your body produces to maintain normal blood glucose levels.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE DIABETES?

At Crescent Health Family we offer a test called the HgbA1C which tells your provider how much sugar is attached to the red blood cells within 120 days or 4 months. A repeat HgbA1c is done a second time to check levels again.

If your blood glucose results are < 5.4% you do not have diabetes.

If you have results of 5.5-6.4% you will be considered to have Pre-Diabetes.

If your results show you have a HgbA1c > 6.4% you are considered to be a diabetic patient and Magdalena will start one or a combination of recommended medications by the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association, as well as diet and lifestyle change recommendations.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T TREAT MY DIABETES?

The longer you have diabetes the higher your risk of more serious health complications later in life if you do not take control of your diabetes.

If left untreated, eventually, your diabetes complications may be disabling and life-threatening.

Possible complications can also include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Foot damage
  • Vision loss
  • Joint deformities
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hearing impairment
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Limb amputation
  • 4x Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Diabetic coma (life-threatening)

HOW CAN CRESCENT HEALTH HELP ME MANAGE MY DIABETES?

Starting with a physical exam and reviewing your family medical history, Magdalena will then check your blood sugar levels with a simple glucose test to determine if your glucose is in a normal healthy range.

If your results detect that you have diabetes, Magdalena will carefully explain your treatment plan, any medications you may need to be prescribed, and recommendations to simple changes in your diet and lifestyle habits that can dramatically help lower and regulate your glucose levels. By regularly checking your blood glucose levels and monitoring your progress, together we will be able to take control of your diabetes and get your health back on track.

To schedule your in-depth consultation and blood glucose test with Magdalena, please give us a call or book your appointment online today.