In this video, icyou's consulting physician, Dr. Mona Khanna talks to a patient about managing diabetes.
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Mona Khanna: The good news is we can manage our diabetes together, but it has to be a shared responsibility. I'd like to tell you what you need to do and I'd like to able to provide you with the resources and the education that you need to do it, but you are the one that's going to have to do it. You are the one that lives with yourself. I don't see you everyday, I don't see you several times a day, I can't take your - I can't check your blood for sugar levels, you're going to need to do that. We're going to teach you how to check your blood for sugar levels. Simple pin prick and then depending on those sugar levels; you'll know how controlled your diabetes is. We will also talk about whether you'd prefer to get an insulin pumper or whether you'd prefer injector self with insulin. Then we'll depend on how your sugar levels fluctuate during the day. We want to make sure that we don't drop your sugar levels too low with insulin because especially wrong bed time, that can lead to danger during the night, if you're not having enough sugar in your bloodstream and that can lead to problems with you are not waking up. So there is a fine line sometimes, we want to get your sugar level down to numbers where it's actually not damaging your organs but not too low so that you have problems with being awake and alert. So that's the good news. We can manage our diabetes, you can change this. Another key part of doing that though changing, possibly reversing your diagnosis; you're going to have to loose weight. We're going to figure out a plan that will work for you, whether it's a particular diet that's on the market, whether it's just by reducing portion size, I am going to talk to you in a little bit more detail a little while later and we're going to talk about what you do now. I am going to have you keep a food diary. So we need to figure out where your weaknesses are, are you eating too many sweets, is your portion size just too big, are you eating too many or too few meals a day, or figure out what's your diet patterns are and we'll come up with a plan that works for you, and hopefully you can drop those pounds. When you drop those pounds, I can guarantee you that you will be on your way to reversing your diabetes type 2, that's a guarantee. Whether it will reverse completely or not is a different story, but it certainly will improve greatly. We've talked a little bit about you developing high blood pressure too since you've had that increased weight. Let me tell you that a bonus of helping controlling your diabetes is going to be that you will help bring your blood pressure back down, hopefully to normal levels so we can take off your blood pressure medicine as well.