The National Institutes of Health (NIH), defines diabetes as “a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.” Glucose is vital to our health as it is a main source of energy for our cells, tissues, and muscles, as well as our brain’s primary fuel source. It is also called diabetes mellitus, as it refers to a group of various types of diabetes including type 1, type 2, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes.
The NIH suggests the following ways to manage your diabetes:
- Manage your diabetes ABCS- A for A1C test; B for Blood pressure; C for cholesterol; S for Stop Smoking.
- Follow your diabetes meal plan.
- Make physical activity part of your routine.
- Take your medicine.
- Check your blood glucose levels.
- Work with your health care team.
- Cope with your diabetes in healthy ways.
To schedule an A1C test to check your glucose levels or for an annual physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.