What is Diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a very serious disease and is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, affecting over 20 million Americans. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, poor circulation, and blindness. Appropriate and timely screening, diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce the health problems associated with untreated diabetes.
To keep track of how well we are doing with diabetes management, Baystate Medical Practices routinely monitor key components of diabetes care, such as HbA1c, LDL, nephropathy assessment, blood pressure, and retinal eye health. For the best control possible, our goals for patients with diabetes are HbA1c <7, LDL <100, and blood pressure less than 130/80.
In order to assure that patients receive the right screenings and the right care at the right time, and to help patients maintain better control of their diabetes, Baystate Medical Practices:
- keep track of appropriate times when patients need to receive care, have screenings performed, and have certain tests done based on their age, health and other guidelines
- use widely accepted information (evidence-based) to make decisions that may help reduce sickness and death, and to help patients manage their diabetes
- use information technology, such as disease-based patient registries and health maintenance.
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