State of Franklin Healthcare Associates strives to give our patients the highest level of care possible for all medical needs. In our region, diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that has rapidly grown and continues to grow in a large percentage of adults and children. We at SoFHA want to assist our patients in helping to achieve better outcomes with this disease. With proper diagnosis and management of blood glucose levels, the long term complications caused by diabetes may be delayed if not prevented for years.
There are two major types of diabetes: Type 1(individuals with absolute insulin deficiency) which accounts for about 5% of the population and Type 2 (individuals with insulin resistance with relative insulin deficiency) which accounts for about 95% of the population. Another type of diabetes is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), a term used to describe impaired glucose tolerance that has an onset during pregnancy and then resolves after pregnancy.
SoFHA has a diabetes clinic that offers diabetic education for our patients that are referred to the clinic by our physicians. The clinic offers the most current treatment on this disease; diabetes medications, insulin regimens, new insulin pump starts, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), meal planning, physical activity patterns, and education on coping mechanisms. The diabetes clinic is led by a Board Certified Internist David F.Moulton, MD, and the staff consists of Rick Hess, PharmD, CDE, and Cecilia Collins, RN. Also affiliated with SoFHA is Rich Marlar, MD who specializes in endocrinology.
Signs and symptoms to advise your physician of:
- Frequency in urination
- Increased thirst
- Increased appetite
- Unusual weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing cuts
- Frequent infections
- Overweight (especially excess fat around the waist)
- Family history of diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Low HDL (good cholesterol) and high triglycerides
- History of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
- High risk ethnic group (black, Latino, Native American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander
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