Diabetes Management in Charlotte, NC
Our Experienced Doctors & Staff at First Care Medical Clinic Provide Our Patients with Supportive Diabetes Management. For an Appointment Call (704) 228-7385, Visit Us Online or Simply Walk-in. We are Located at 9040 Nations Ford Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273
Do you have diabetes in the Charlotte, NC area and are looking for a doctor to help you manage it? Come to First Care Medical Clinic today, and our board-certified doctors can help! They have years of experience in treating those with diabetes and can help manage it effectively.
How often should I visit your clinic to see a doctor about my diabetes?
If you are being treated with insulin shots to manage your diabetes, you should usually visit every three to four months. Those who manage it with pills or dieting are generally asked to visit for a checkup every four to six months. If your blood sugar is not being controlled or if the complications related to diabetes is getting worse, more frequent visits may be needed.
What should I tell my doctors during an appointment?
Our doctors are going to want to know how well it is being managed at home and if the complications related to diabetes is are getting worse or if new complications have appeared. Bring in records of your blood sugar monitoring and report any signs of low or high blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
They will also want to know if you are suffering from any new illnesses, changes in your diet, medications, or exercise routines. Also, let your doctor know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms.
- Unusual weight gain
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- Persistent hand, feet, face, or leg swelling
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Cramping or pain in the legs
- Numbness or tingling in your feet
- Chest pain
This could be a sign of nerve, kidney, eye, or cardiovascular problems.
Our doctors will also take your blood pressure and record your weight. Finally, our providers will look at your eyes, feet, and (if needed) the injection site for any insulin.
What lab tests should I expect?
During your visit, the following tests will be administered.
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Urine tests
What are some common complications with diabetes and how can I monitor them?
The three most common complications people experience with diabetes are eye disease (retinopathy), kidney disease (nephropathy) and nerve disease (neuropathy).
For type 1 diabetes, you should visit the ophthalmologist every three to five years for a dilated eye examination. Those with type 2 diabetes should visit every year. If you have signs of eye disease, such as blind spots or blurry vision in one eye, you should visit your eye doctor more frequently.
If you are pregnant, you should have a comprehensive eye exam during your first trimester. During the pregnancy, follow up often with your eye doctor.
You should get a urine test every year. To control hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, regular blood pressure screenings are essential. This is vital to slow any kidney disease. If you experience swelling in the foot or leg, this could be a sign of kidney disease and should be reported to our doctor.
Report any burning, numbness, tingling, or pain in your feet to our doctor during your regular visits. At home, check your feet daily for redness, cracks, skin breakdown, or calluses. If you notice these symptoms appearing, inform our providers immediately.
Where are you located?
First Care Medical Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. We accept most major insurances and have self-pay options for the uninsured. Our walk-in clinic in Charlotte is located at 9040 Nations Ford Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273. Do you have questions about managing diabetes or would you like to make an appointment? Call us at (704) 228-7385.