The Endocrinology Center of Lake Cumberland offers diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, thyroid disease, pituitary disease and other endocrine disorders. The endocrine system is a complex collection of hormone-producing glands that control basic body functions such as metabolism, growth and sexual development.
Treating diabetes and endocrine disorders can be complex as every patient experiences a unique set of symptoms and potential complications. At Lake Cumberland, our highly specialized team will help guide you along a course of treatment that is right for you.
So you've been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, what can you expect? Our team at Lake Cumberland understand the lifelong challenges of having a chronic condition like diabetes, however, with the right tools and information you can continue living a full and healthy life.
What to Expect
In order to keep your lifestyle under control, you'll have to make some important lifestyle changes. At your first appointment, your endocrinologist and care team will talk to you about your diagnosis and the adjustments that are recommended for you to make. Because diabetes is a self-managed disease, it is important to educate and understand how to protect your health.
Managing Your Health
If you've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, your body produces insulin but can’t use it effectively. This is called insulin resistance. Although your pancreas still produces insulin, the amount it produces will decrease over time. Type 2 diabetes is treated with diet, exercise, oral medications and, sometimes, insulin. You'll also need to test your blood sugar every day to ensure your treatment plan is working. You’ll want to follow a meal plan and exercise regularly to keep your body as healthy as possible.
Diet and Exercise
With diabetes, it is particularly important to manage your food intake in order to create balance between medication, food and activity. It is important to focus on eating well-balanced meals that include fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lower fat meats and healthy fats.
Exercise is vital for weight management and blood sugar control. It helps your body get the most energy out of the foods you eat. Plan time to be active throughout your day in order to keep your body moving.
It's important to learn everything you can about diabetes, but it's also important for you to have a support system like your friends and family to ensure you are getting the most out of your treatment plan. Ask a close family member or friend to hold you accountable and also educate them on what they can expect and how they can help during emergencies.