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Healthcare: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Diabetes Care

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Baylor Medicine is proud to offer patients a team of physicians that collaborate on the treatment of diabetes and how to continue to improve care for their patients. We work together with our patients so that they may be involved in their care and choose options that work best with their lifestyle. 

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Diabetes: Overview

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Diabetes is a condition in which sugar (glucose) remains in the blood rather than entering the body's cells to be used for energy. This results in high blood sugar. Over time, high blood sugar can damage many body systems.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and frequent urination (especially at night); unexplained increase in appetite; unexplained weight loss; fatigue; erection problems; blurred vision; and tingling, burning, or numbness in the hands or feet.

People who have high blood sugar over a long period of time are at increased risk for many serious health problems, including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart problems, eye problems that can lead to blindness, circulation and nerve problems, and kidney disease and kidney failure.

Women with diabetes and high blood sugar who become pregnant have an increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects.

Diabetes is treated with diet and lifestyle changes and with medicines. If blood sugar levels are kept within the recommended range, the risk for many complications from diabetes decreases.

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Vascular Health in Diabetic Patients

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Diabetes can damage the nerve endings and blood vessels in your feet. That means you are less likely to notice when your feet are injured. A small skin problem like a callus, blister, or cracked skin can turn into a larger sore, called a foot ulcer. Foot ulcers form most often on the pad (ball) of the foot or the bottom of the big toe. You can also get them on the top and bottom of each toe.

Baylor Medicine Vascular Health physicians integrate vascular surgery and podiatry in both outpatient and inpatient settings, with the goal of reducing amputations in patients with diabetes. Specialties include: 

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