Diabetes Care for a Healthier Edmond, Oklahoma

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Here at the Draelos Metabolic Center, we specialize in total care for people with diabetes.  Helping people with diabetes is not a sideline for us, it is a vital part of our core mission.  We are dedicated to helping people with diabetes lead full and normal lives.    

Dr. Draelos, himself diagnosed with diabetes as a child, has not only the professional credentials to care for people with diabetes, but he has the personal motivation and firsthand experiences to know what you really need.            

Our staff at the Draelos Metabolic Center also includes a part-time diabetes educator, Karon Potter, R.D, L.D., C.D.E.  Karon works with you one-on-one, answering all your questions and personally helping you learn to manage and control your disease.  

The Draelos Metabolic Center is equipped with specialized medical machinery and state-of-the-art technology for comprehensive diabetes diagnosis, treatment and care.  This specialized equipment helps us detect problems early and accurately, which is the all-important key to ensuring proper medical management of diabetes.

If you have diabetes, or even if you don’t (many people have diabetes but don’t know it!) then you owe it to yourself and your family to get the most comprehensive, personable, quality medical care available.  Visit Dr. Matt Draelos, Board Certified Endocrinologist and Diabetes Expert at the Draelos Metabolic Center in Edmond, Oklahoma, twenty-five minutes from downtown Oklahoma City.

Pre-Diabetes - Are You “At Risk” For Developing Diabetes?

A condition called pre-diabetes, or impaired glucose metabolism, effects 79 million Americans-Are you one of them?  A diagnosis of  pre-diabetes puts you at risk for developing full-blown diabetes without action now!

Pre-diabetis is just what the name implies, almost diabetic but not quite.  To be considered “pre-diabetic” a person would be diagnosed with slightly elevated blood glucose levels, but the levels are not high enough to fall into the range defined as diabetic.diabetes finger prick blood test

You are at increaed risk for developing pre-diabetes or diabetes if you are:

•You are overweight.

•A parent, brother or sister has diabetes.

•You are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander.

•You had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds or had gestational diabetes.

•You have high blood pressure.

•You have low HDL (good cholesterol).

•You have high triglycerides.

Losing weight and becoming physically active can keep full blown diabetes from ever forming.

It’s a wise idea to have yourself checked regularly for diabetes even if you show no symptoms.  A simple blood test can tell a doctor your average blood glucose measurement over the past three months.  If this initial screening test shows a higher than normal reading, further tests, including a glucose tolerance test, should be performed.

Read more: Pre-Diabetes - Are You “At Risk” For Developing Diabetes?

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes, also called sugar diabetes, is a condition in which the body cannot properly metabolize food energy.  As a result, food energy, in the form of glucose, rises to unsafe levels in the bloodstream.  Prolonged levels of high blood glucose can cause severe complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart disease and nerve damage.  

However, with proper lifestyle modifications and daily blood glucose monitoring, a person with diabetes can lead a perfectly normal and healthy life.

There is no doubt about it, lifestyle changes make a world of difference for the person who has diabetes.  

Many health professionals say that diabetes has reached epidemic proportion in the United States.  23.6 million people in the U.S. have some form of diabetes.  It’s estimated that 6 million of them do not even know they have the condition.  

Diabetes in Oklahoma, as in the nation, is a severe problem.  Please call us (405-330-2362) at the Draelos Metabolic Health Clinic in Edmond for a diabetes screening test today.

Read on for more information about diabetes and how it affects your health.

Diabetes is Our Specialty

Here at the Draelos Metabolic Center, we specialize in total care for people with diabetes.  Helping people with diabetes is not a sideline for us, it is a vital part of our core mission.  We are dedicated to helping people with diabetes lead full and normal lives.    

Dr. Draelos, himself diagnosed with diabetes as a child, has not only the professional credentials to care for people with diabetes, but he has the personal motivation and firsthand experiences to know what you really need.            

Our staff at the Draelos Metabolic Center also includes a part-time diabetes educator, Karon Potter, R.D, L.D., C.D.E.  Karon works with you one-on-one, answering all your questions and personally helping you learn to manage and control your disease.  

The Draelos Metabolic Center is equipped with specialized medical machinery and state-of-the-art technology for comprehensive diabetes diagnosis, treatment and care.  This specialized equipment helps us detect problems early and accurately, which is the all-important key to ensuring proper medical management of diabetes.

If you have diabetes, or even if you don’t (many people have diabetes but don’t know it!) then you owe it to yourself and your family to get the most comprehensive, personable, quality medical care available.  Visit Dr. Matt Draelos, Board Certified Endocrinologist and Diabetes Expert at the Draelos Metabolic Center in Edmond, Oklahoma, twenty-five minutes from downtown Oklahoma City.

Medications Aid People with Diabetes

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Successful treatment for people with diabetes often depends on a combination of healthy lifestyle habits balanced with an individualized medication regimen. There are a variety of medications approved for the treatment of diabetes. The provider team at Draelos Metabolic Center partners with each person individually to choose medications that their lifestyle, financial and health needs best.

Metformin   SGLT-2 Inhibitors    GLP-1 Receptor Agonists    DPP-4 Inhibitors 
 Sulfonylureas    Thiazolidines (TZDs)    Bromocriptine    Colesevelam
 Meglitinides    Pramlinitide    Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors    Insulin

 

Read more: Medications Aid People with Diabetes

Types of Diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes. Although similar, each one is caused by a slightly different mechanism.

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: Also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes
  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Most common. 90-95% of people with diabetes have Type 2.
  3. Gestational Diabetes: Occurs during pregnancy then goes away after giving birth

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