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Diabetes

  • About Diabetes

    Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that affects how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel. If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood. Over time, too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.

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  • How We Can Help

    Diabetes has become a prominent health concern of many Canadians. Managing blood sugar can be confusing and at times very overwhelming. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with the condition for years, EQ Virtual Clinic can help you with:

    • helping you understand and manage your new condition
    • referral to medical specialists (dietician, endocrinologist)
    • ordering of diagnostic tests
    • medication refill and delivery – no need to leave home for your prescriptions (new or existing prescriptions)
    • collaboration with your family doctor on your condition
    • wound care management

    Although EQ Virtual does not replace the support received by your medical specialists, but we provide care in times of urgency right from the comfort of your own home.
  • Symptoms

    Diabetes can develop at any age. However, Type 1 typically appears during childhood or adolescence while Type 2 diabetes, the more common type, can develop at any age, though it's more common in people older than 40. Some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes are:

    • Increased thirst
    • Frequent urination
    • Extreme hunger
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Presence of ketones in the urine
    • Fatigue
    • Irritability
    • Blurred vision
    • Slow-healing sores
    • Frequent infections

    If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please speak to an EQ Virtual doctor immediately. We are prepared to help you diagnose and manage your health.
  • Treatment

    An important part of managing diabetes, is maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy diet and exercise plan. Many of the key practices for diabetes treatment/management are similar to those required for maintaining an overall healthy and active lifestyle. These practices include:

    • Healthy eating: Contrary to popular belief, there's no specific diabetes diet. You'll need to center your diet on more fruits, vegetables and whole grains — foods that are high in nutrition and fiber and low in fat and calories, and cut down on animal products, refined carbohydrates and sweets.
    • Physical activity: Everyone needs regular aerobic exercise, and people who have diabetes are no exception. Exercise lowers your blood sugar level by moving sugar into your cells, where it's used for energy. Exercise also increases your sensitivity to insulin, which means your body needs less insulin to transport sugar to your cells. Refining a regular exercise plan with the help of your EQ Virtual doctor is highly recommended.
    • Monitoring your blood sugar: Monitoring your blood sugar levels on a regular basis is crucial for diabetes patients. Careful monitoring is the only way to make sure that your blood sugar level remains within your target range.
    • Detailed blood tests: Regular A1C testing to measure your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months is recommended. Compared with repeated daily blood sugar tests, A1C testing better indicates how well your diabetes treatment plan is working overall. An elevated A1C level may signal the need for a change in your insulin regimen or meal plan. The EQ Virtual doctors can help order these tests for you.
    • Oral or other medications: Oral medications are often prescribed as the first drug of choice. Some diabetes medications stimulate your pancreas to produce and release more insulin. Others inhibit the production and release of glucose from your liver and/or block the action of stomach enzymes that break down carbohydrates or make your tissues more sensitive to insulin.
    • Insulin: Many types of insulin are available, including rapid-acting insulin, long-acting insulin and intermediate options. Depending on your needs, your doctor may prescribe a mixture of insulin types to use throughout the day and night to lower blood sugar levels.

    For more treatment options or information, please speak with an EQ Virtual doctor today. We are here for your health, every step of the way.

Real Patients. Real Stories.

  • "Yesterday was my first time using this service and I could not be happier. The doctor was very thorough and gave me the impression that she actually cares about her patients. The appointment and booking was all completed within 20 minutes. They even faxed my prescription to the pharmacy of my choice, making life so much easier!"

    Heidi Lipppa
    BC, 2016
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    Kimberly Michelle
    BC, 2016
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    Michelle Martin
    BC, 2016

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