Diabetes Management in Chicago, IL

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition that is caused by elevated blood sugar, which is caused by a lack of insulin or insulin resistance. It can affect any individual at any age, but it most commonly affects adults over the age of 45. Each year, diabetes contributes to many chronic health issues while undiagnosed diabetes can result in serious long-term damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart, and more.

To diagnose diabetes, primary care physicians Dr. Esmilkrys B. Ramirez and Dr. Carlos Mella-Picel perform a simple blood test known as a fasting blood sugar screen. This blood test measures how much glucose is found in the blood. A reading of 100 or less indicates a healthy blood sugar level, 100 – 125 may indicate pre-diabetes, and 125 or higher could indicate that the person is likely diabetic.

When blood sugar levels remain high for consecutive months, our team may request an A1C blood test, which averages blood sugar levels over 2 – 3 months and can indicate whether your diabetes is under control or requires further medical care. Schedule a visit to one of Health Direction Medical Center's Chicago, IL locations for more information.

How to Control Your Diabetes

At Health Direction Medical Center, we advise our patients to do the following to better control their diabetes:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices to control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight
  • Eat a healthy, balanced, "low-carb" diet and "good" carbs, such as whole-grain products, vegetables, and fruits
  • Engage regular exercise
  • Test and record your blood sugar
  • Schedule and keep important medical checkups
  • Take your medications and insulin as prescribed

The staff are always very friendly. And the weight loss program is fantastic.. just make sure you follow the doctor's guidance and you Will lose weight.

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This place is amazing, I saw Dr. Ramirez and it was refreshing to be seen and to actually learn. So difficult to find a doctor that cares and wants you to not need her while been there for you. Lupita and Vanessa are such an amazing staff and are always professional and friendly they make me feel welcome. I have learn so many amazing tips for a healthier me from this lovely gals. And did I mention que todas mis citas son completamente en español!!! Cualquier pregunta es respondida y no tengo que traducir NADA!!! Fui recomendada a este lugar y ahora lo recomiendo yo.

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PA Megha Patel is great to work with! She is attentive, caring, and thorough. Would highly recommend her and Health Direction Medical Center

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Lupita and Maribella are so caring. I really love that their staff cares about the patients. Dr Ramirez is great! I switch to her leaving my doctor of 19 years! My experience with the type of patient care has been phenomenal!

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Great doctor and amazing medical office staff. I feel really taken care of. Since i started coming here my health and overall state of being has improved dramatically. I feel better than ever!

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Manage Your Diabetes with Ease

Regardless of your age or the type of your diabetes, our experienced providers at Health Direction Medical Center in Chicago, IL can help you take control of your life and live it to the fullest. If you believe you have diabetes or have already been diagnosed but are in search of a great medical facility, contact us today to schedule your next visit.

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