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Complications and Medical Health Professionals Who Can Help!

Complications

And how they effect Diabetics

Gastroparesis

This condition is caused when high levels of glucose in the blood causes chemical changes in the vagus nerve. This makes the stomach take longer to empty its contents and harder to manage blood glucose levels. Because diabetes causes high blood glucose the chance of a diabetic getting gastroparesis is higher than people without diabetes.

Ketoacidosis (DKA)

With ketoacidosis the body is unable to use glucose as the primary fuel source and must use fat for the body's fuel instead. DKA occurs when glucose is not taken into the cells. People with diabetes are at high risk for DKA because their body's either do not produce or do not produce enough insulin for the body's cells.

Stroke

Stroke is caused when blood flow to the brain is interrupted or stopped. High blood glucose causes low blood flow in the body. Because diabetics have high blood glucose they are more prone to stroke.

What can Help?

Diabetics should always monitor their blood glucose levels. To lower their blood glucose levels diabetics must also monitor and control their insulin levels. Diabetics with type 1 diabetes could consider using an insulin pump to help regulate their insulin levels. Diabetics with type 2 diabetes should watch their diet and what they eat to keep their blood glucose levels regular.

Medical Health Professionals

Dietitian

Lindsay Nelson is a dietitian at HyVee in Liberty, MO. Dietitians provide people with advice about healthy food choices.

Endocrinologist

Dr. Jill D Jacobson is an Endocrinologist at Children's Mercy Hospital in Crown Center. Endocrinologists deal with problems in a patient’s endocrine system. They can diagnose and treat hormone problems in a patient.

Certified Diabetes Educator

Alyssa Thomas is a Certified Diabetes Educator for Liberty Medical. She is also a certified dietitian and pump trainer. Thomas has been working for Liberty since September 2013. CDEs educate and and help support people manage diabetes. They know diabetes management and prevention.