How Does a Doctor Diagnose Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that controls how your body uses and processes glucose (sugar). Only a trained healthcare professional can diagnose conditions like diabetes and determine an appropriate treatment plan for regulating blood sugar. These screenings are generally quick and should not cause too much discomfort.
Dr. Roger Estevez can provide more information about diabetes during a consultation in Las Vegas, NV. Call now to book an assessment and learn more about diabetes management. Clinical Research of South Nevada has provided countless men and women with comprehensive, compassionate care.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin, or does not respond well to the insulin that is produced. Though people of all backgrounds can develop diabetes, it's most commonly seen in older individuals or those who are overweight. Genetics also plays a factor in some cases.
Common warning signs for diabetes include:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Constant fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurry vision
- Wounds or infections that heal slowly
If you experience any symptoms that impact your health or quality of life, it's important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Dr. Estevez can diagnose diabetes during a health screening.
What happens during a diabetes screening?
Clinical Research of South Nevada begins each assessment with a thorough review of your medical history. Inform Dr. Estevez about any current symptoms or if you have a family history of diabetes. You may be asked questions about your diet and exercise routine so we can get a complete picture of your health.
What kinds of tests diagnose diabetes?
Dr. Estevez generally requires two tests to diagnose diabetes in Las Vegas, NV. The first test checks for higher-than-normal levels of glucose in the blood. Blood sugar levels of 99 mg/dL or lower are considered normal, while 100 to 125 mg/dL indicates pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a precursor to diabetes and can sometimes be managed with diet and lifestyle modifications. Blood sugar levels of 126 mg/dL or higher are indicative of diabetes.
An A1C blood test can measure your average blood sugar levels over the previous 2 – 3 months. Our trained team can gauge whether your diabetes is under control and if you require further medical care.
What is involved with diabetes management?
Clinical Research of South Nevada is dedicated to providing excellent patient care at every step. This is why Dr. Estevez provides custom treatment plans that take into account your unique health needs and goals. Our team may suggest modifications to your diet and exercise routine or medications to help manage symptoms. We also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
Insulin may be recommended for those with type 1 diabetes or whose blood sugar levels are difficult to manage. We offer detailed instructions about how and when to take the medication, as well as potential side effects. Patients must also be vigilant about monitoring their blood sugar levels and may be advised to use a glucose monitoring kit.
Get an accurate diabetes diagnosis in Las Vegas
Diabetes management starts with a proper diagnosis. If you suspect diabetes or pre-diabetes and have questions about your treatment options, contact Clinical Research of South Nevada to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roger Estevez. Our office is conveniently located in Las Vegas, NV and we are equipped to provide quality care for those living with diabetes.