Diabetic Pearls for Diabetics by a Diabetic Doctor

Diabetic Pearls for Diabetics by a Diabetic Doctor

Diabetic Pearls for Diabetics by a Diabetic Doctor

by Douglas Ballaine, D.O on 11/13/18

Douglas Ballaine, D.O
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  Introduction to Diabetic Pearls for Diabetics From a Diabetic Doctor
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  This is the first of many blog post to come. 
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  I first became diabetic in 1980 which came as a complete shock to me. I found myself with many fears just as new diabetics today face and I found myself feeling out of control of life just as new diabetics today feel.
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  My questions included:
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  • Will I be able to continue working and provide for my family?
  • Will my life be cut short?
  • What kind of short term and long term complications will I face?
  • Can my children get this?
  • What can I eat?
  • What do I do now?
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  Over the past 38 years I found the answers to these questions, became a physician and have helped others find the answers to these questions.
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  The purpose of these blog posts and my current business activities are to help others find the answers to these questions and share the lessons I have discovered over the years that have led to a high quality of life and a satisfying life free of fear and a sense I am in control emotionally. I call these lessons Diabetic Pearls.
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  Another part of my business mission is to mentor diabetics in achieving optimal control, teach them when to seek medical attention and what critical steps must be taken to prevent both short term and long term complications.
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  It is also my intention to point people to diabetic products and information sources I feel will enhance a diabetics life. 
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  The first diabetic pearl is: Recognize the Early Symptoms of Diabetes
  It is important to recognize the early symptoms of diabetes and the symptoms associated with poorly controlled diabetes, so you may avoid long term damage which can destroy the quality of life. These symptoms may develop slowly over a long period of time.
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  These symptoms develop because the sugar in the blood is too high and not being utilized properly to for energy. 
  These symptoms may include a combination hunger and fatigue, heavy thirst, needing to urinate more often, blurred vision, dry mouth, itching, yeast infections, being slow to heal, pain or numbness in the arms, hands, feet or legs, nausea and vomiting, weight loss or weight gain depending on the type of diabetes, abdominal pain among other symptoms. 
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  If you are diabetic and you experience repeated nausea and vomiting, confusion, heavy thirst, and not urinating over an extended time these symptoms can be symptoms of a serious, acute, complication and should be assessed by a healthcare provider immediately.
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  The second diabetic pearl is: Find a healthcare provider who understands diabetes and understands how to care for the diabetic. Many healthcare providers have only a superficial understanding of diabetes.
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  The third diabetic pearl is: Learn as much as you can about diabetes; its symptoms, potential complications, dietary approaches, exercise and how this can help in the management of diabetes and other associated risk factors etc.
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  One great source of information is through free membership in my blog. Even though this part of my business is under development there will be copies of all of my blog posts and I am creating a library of articles for laymen and professionals, and a newsletter.
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  In the near future I intend to offer a HIPPA Compliant educational telemedicine service available to members of my blog. There will be a small charge for this, but I hope to take Medicare and other in if they allow telemedicine billing.
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  I am also writing an eBook which will be completed soon. 

Douglas Ballaine, D.O

  Introduction to Diabetic Pearls for Diabetics From a Diabetic Doctor

  This is the first of many blog post to come. 

  I first became diabetic in 1980 which came as a complete shock to me. I found myself with many fears just as new diabetics today face and I found myself feeling out of control of life just as new diabetics today feel.

  My questions included:

  •Will I be able to continue working and provide for my family?
  •Will my life be cut short?
  •What kind of short term and long term complications will I face?
  •Can my children get this?
  •What can I eat?
  •What do I do now?

  Over the past 38 years I found the answers to these questions, became a physician and have helped others find the answers to these questions.

  The purpose of these blog posts and my current business activities are to help others find the answers to these questions and share the lessons I have discovered over the years that have led to a high quality of life and a satisfying life free of fear and a sense I am in control emotionally. I call these lessons Diabetic Pearls.

  Another part of my business mission is to mentor diabetics in achieving optimal control, teach them when to seek medical attention and what critical steps must be taken to prevent both short term and long term complications.

  It is also my intention to point people to diabetic products and information sources I feel will enhance a diabetics life. 

  The first diabetic pearl is: Recognize the Early Symptoms of Diabetes
  It is important to recognize the early symptoms of diabetes and the symptoms associated with poorly controlled diabetes, so you may avoid long term damage which can destroy the quality of life. These symptoms may develop slowly over a long period of time.

  These symptoms develop because the sugar in the blood is too high and not being utilized properly to for energy. 
  These symptoms may include a combination hunger and fatigue, heavy thirst, needing to urinate more often, blurred vision, dry mouth, itching, yeast infections, being slow to heal, pain or numbness in the arms, hands, feet or legs, nausea and vomiting, weight loss or weight gain depending on the type of diabetes, abdominal pain among other symptoms. 

  If you are diabetic and you experience repeated nausea and vomiting, confusion, heavy thirst, and not urinating over an extended time these symptoms can be symptoms of a serious, acute, complication and should be assessed by a healthcare provider immediately.

  The second diabetic pearl is: Find a healthcare provider who understands diabetes and understands how to care for the diabetic. Many healthcare providers have only a superficial understanding of diabetes.

  The third diabetic pearl is: Learn as much as you can about diabetes; its symptoms, potential complications, dietary approaches, exercise and how this can help in the management of diabetes and other associated risk factors etc.

  One great source of information is through free membership in my blog. Even though this part of my business is under development there will be copies of all of my blog posts and I am creating a library of articles for laymen and professionals, and a newsletter.

  In the near future I intend to offer a HIPPA Compliant educational telemedicine service available to members of my blog. There will be a small charge for this, but I hope to take Medicare and other in if they allow telemedicine billing.

  I am also writing an eBook which will be completed soon.