Comprehensive Diabetes Management

Diabetes centre in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore

Although there is no cure for diabetes, the disease can be detected early in life and managed efficiently. With expert advice and effective treatment procedures, diabetes is a highly manageable disease. Sometimes, complications like diabetic eye disease, damage to the kidneys or neuropathy develop as a result of diabetes. However, detecting the symptoms in time and screening for such complications early in life can be very helpful in managing them. Some screening tests for such diabetes complications have been described below.

  • Blood Pressure Tests with Cholesterol Level Detection

Since diabetes is always linked to heart disease, taking note of the blood pressure periodically is one of the important tasks. Blood pressure of the body is measured by attaching a cuff to the upper arm region and detecting the rate of blood flow through the peripheral arteries in that arm. Inconsistency in blood pressure levels points towards complications. Also, some quantity of blood is withdrawn from the arm to detect the levels of triglycerides and LDL (Low-Density Lipids) cholesterol. 

  • Examination of the Eyes

Diabetes is a disease that can affect our vision and causes serious damage in worse-case scenarios to the different parts of the eyes such as the vitreous gel, retina, optic nerve, lens, etc. This is also called a diabetic eye disease and can sometimes lead to a permanent vision loss. 

So when diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to get a dilated eye exam immediately. This test can assess if any signs of damage to the eyes have begun. Subsequent measures can then be taken to control diabetes and decrease the damage to the eyes. Periodical examination of the eyes with this dilated eye exam every year or so is therefore crucial to prevent permanent vision loss. Visit our Manipal Hospitals for Diabetes treatment in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore.

The screening is done by adding some drops that will add an enlarging factor when viewed through a magnifying lens. The lens, optic nerves of the eyes and the retina are then checked thoroughly. Some other factors also screened for are distance vision, eye pressure within and side vision.

It is important to be accompanied by a friend or family member for this diabetic eye test as the eyes tend to get blurry. Sensitivity to light may not permit one to drive or travel alone, too.

  • A1c Blood Sugar Detection Test

Since diabetes is always connected to high blood glucose levels, detecting the concentration of blood sugar is the primary screening test. Mostly, the test is performed quarterly, to keep a track of the blood glucose levels over the last 3 months. An instrument called a glucometer is used to instantly measure blood glucose levels. A drop of blood is loaded onto a strip which is inserted into the glucometer. The level is then displayed on the glucometer screen. Persons who need to take insulin to control their blood glucose levels may need to perform the A1c screening test several times a day. 

  • Foot Examination

Diabetic neuropathy is a condition that results from increased blood glucose levels. There is damage to the peripheral nerves like those of the legs and arms wherein a patient experiences a loss of sensory touch. This can lead to sores being formed in the legs and arms that may get infected and lead to gangrene formation. The decrease in blood circulation to these areas also limits the healing rate. Book an appointment at Manipal Hospitals today.

To detect such neuropathy problems, the doctor either pricks the feet or fingers or uses a tapping motion. If there is no sensation felt, then the patient is diagnosed with neuropathy for which the doctor prescribed treatment.

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