Diabetes is a condition that involves the body's inability to properly utilize or regulate blood glucose levels. One of the most important ways to control and maintain proper levels of blood glucose is through diet. Dr. Khalil and his staff provide nutrition education to each patient who is diagnosed with diabetes or currently being treated for it.
Nutrition education involves learning appropriate portion control, as well as what types of foods you should and should not eat. Dr. Khalil will stress the importance of eating according to a set schedule as a way to provide the body with the nutrition it needs to remain healthy and active as it continues to learn to properly regulate the glucose that is created from the foods you consume.
Both diet and exercise are key factors when it comes to the control and maintenance of blood sugar levels. Your diet provides you with protein, carbohydrates, and fat--all of which play a role in how the body functions. Simple carbohydrates are converted quickly to glucose and are used almost immediately. Complex carbohydrates and proteins break down much slower, providing a more sustained level of glucose.
The body burns glucose during exercise. The more you exercise, the more glucose you burn, bringing your body's blood sugar levels back down to a more normal, healthy range. Finding the perfect balance between diet and exercise will help your body maintain proper glucose levels and may prevent the need for medication. Each person is different, however, and results may vary considerably.
With more and more cases of diabetes diagnosed each year, it's important to know what signs and symptoms to watch for. Many are noticeable almost immediately. Some symptoms, however, may be attributed to other health conditions. The most common signs include:
If one or more of these symptoms begin to appear at the same time or in close relation to one another, call Dr. Khalil and the staff of Phoenix Family Medical Care immediately. They will perform the required tests to determine if your body is capable of managing its blood glucose levels on its own. If not, they will create a treatment plan to help you get back on track.
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