Telemedicine for Diabetes Management
Did you know that according to the World Health Organization, Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death around the world? Nearly 422 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, the majority living in low- or middle-income countries. The prevalence of diabetes has been on the rise since the past few decades and 1.6 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year. Diabetes comes with multiple other comorbid conditions that require effective treatment and continuous management. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
Telemedicine can be an important tool for patients living with diabetes to help control symptoms of the disease and avoid its complications. Integrating digital technology of telemedicine and mobile health into diabetes care can improve diabetes management and increase its efficiency. If you are living with diabetes, book an online consultation with a specialist doctor today with telemedicine.
The pandemic has significantly changed the way people are receiving medical care. Today, telemedicine has suddenly reached an all-time high in demand. Health care professionals and facilities recognise the necessity of telemedicine in light of the current crisis, addressing the increase in treatment needs and prevention of unnecessary in-person contact to avoid exposure. The risk of COVID19 exposure can be life threatening for people with existing conditions like Diabetes and so now it is more important than ever for people with Diabetes to opt for alternative healthcare solutions like telemedicine for diabetes related routine checkups and its management. You can seek routine checkups and medical advice with an online Expert Endocrinologist in the safety of your home.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease, which is caused by an increase in blood glucose (aka. blood sugar) levels. Over time this increase leads to serious complications, such as damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. There are two main types of Diabetes. The most common type is Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes usually develops in adults, when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn't make enough insulin. In the past three decades the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically around the world. Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin by itself. Another type of diabetes is Gestational diabetes, it is referred to when pregnant women develop insulin resistance during the course of pregnancy. For people living with any kind of diabetes, access to medical consultations and treatment is critical to their survival.
What Is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other co-morbid illnesses. The good news, however, is that you can reverse your diagnosis by making serious lifestyle changes. You can have prediabetes for years, yet have no clear symptoms, and so it often goes undetected. If you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, it is important to consult a doctor about getting appropriate tests done. Some of the risk factors for prediabetes include:
- Being overweight
- Being 45 years or older
- If a parent or a close relative is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
- Not being physically active
- Having gestational diabetes during pregnancy
- Having polycystic ovary syndrome
Some common symptoms of Diabetes
- Urge to urinate more than usual, often at night
- Increased thirst
- Losing weight without any change in lifestyle
- Increased appetite
- Blurred vision
- Sensation of numbness or tingling in hands/feet
- Feeling tired & lethargic all the time
- Very dry skin
- Wounds and sores that heal very slowly
- Having more infections than usual
How can you prevent or manage Diabetes Telemedicine?
- An online Endocrinologist can offer you the best medical advice if you are facing any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Your online doctor will request for a simple blood sugar test to find out if you are prediabetic. Book a tele-appointment with a specialist online, and seek advice on getting tested.
- If you are pre-diabetic, losing some weight (if you’re overweight) can significantly reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes. For a diabetic person, losing weight can also have a massive impact on their insulin levels, allowing them to manage the symptoms much better.
- Regular physical activity can lower the risk of developing diabetes. Regular physical activity means getting at least 150 minutes of any physical activity like brisk walking, every week. That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
- A healthy diet is also key in the prevention and management of diabetes. You can make these essential lifestyle changes easy by seeking advice from an expert nutritionist online. A nutritionist will guide you on what to eat and how to eat healthy and when to eat.
- Telemedicine also provides a platform for you to seek online support from certified doctors coping mechanisms, stress management, and difficulties in adherence to lifestyle changes.
- Your online doctor can also offer remote patient monitoring services, through which they can monitor your adherence to medication and glucose levels to avoid any emergency.
- You can also request e-prescriptions for your diabetes medication refills, in the form of pills or insulin.
- You can routinely monitor your blood sugar levels with an at-home glucometer device, and make a daily report which you can later share with your online doctor.
How does an online appointment for Diabetes Management work?
Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications. These changes have to be incorporated in your lifestyle with constant compliance to diabetes medications and follow up checkups for patient monitoring. If you’re living with diabetes, you know that monitoring your health is vital to your overall well-being. And with that comes routine visits to your doctor. Telemedicine appointments give you the same excellent care and advice you’d get at your doctor’s office — only with less travel, less wait times and more convenience.
My Live Doctors are a digital platform which offers virtual medical appointments that let you communicate with your doctor or healthcare provider remotely with the help of technology. MLD offers personalized care for people living with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes, individualized patient-centered care plans, remote-monitoring on patient profile. With MLD's user-friendly interface, you don’t need to be tech-savvy to book a tele- appointment. Once you have booked an appointment according to your preferences, MLD will securely connect you to your online doctor through a video call, just like any social media video chat. After you’ve been connected through, your endocrinologist will begin your e-Visit.
During your online appointment, your doctor may:
- Review your latest HP A1C levels (a test that measures your blood sugar levels for the past few months)
- Track your daily blood glucose levels (with remote monitoring)
- Review, prescribe and adjust your medications
- Discuss lifestyle changes that can improve your health, like nutritious diet, physical activity and habits such as smoking.
- Your online doctor will also guide you and answer any questions that you might have about your condition or health.
Whether you live in an area with a lack of Diabetes specialists or traveling isn’t an option for you, with My Live Doctors stay connected to highly trained online Diabetes specialists from around Pakistan and the world.
Book an appointment now!