Desert oasis Healthcare offers key testing for diabetes

Palm Springs, CA

Desert Oasis Healthcare, (DOHC), the largest healthcare organization in the Coachella Valley, wants the community to be aware of the growing problem of diabetes and importance of seeking diagnostic evaluations from their Primary Care Providers.

There are more than 23 million people in the United States with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, which involves the malfunction of the pancreas, eventually stopping the supply of hormone insulin to the body, thus adversely affecting blood sugar levels.

Type 1 diabetes develops most often in children and young adults, and occurs when the insulin-producing beta cells within the pancreas are gradually destroyed, eventually failing to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body’s cells use glucose for energy.

Type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form, accounting for over 90% of all diabetes in America, is more common in adults 50 and over. Most people with Type 2 diabetes are still able to produce insulin at diagnosis. However, the insulin they produce is unable to perform its primary job, which is helping the body’s cells use glucose for energy.

Symptoms for both types can include but are not limited to excessive thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, tingling or burning in hands or feet, slow healing of cuts and bruises, and recurring infections. Diabetes can lead to stroke, renal failure, blindness, and in some cases early death.

For known diabetic members of DOHC, free monitoring clinics are available at convenient sites throughout the Coachella Valley and in the high desert.

At these clinics, DOHC members can have their blood drawn to check cholesterol, Hemoglobin A1C and a urine microalbumin test performed. Members can have their feet checked for discoloration, toenail problems, loss of sensitivity or ulcerations up to quarterly, depending upon the control of their diabetes.

Once a year, members can have a retina picture taken, checking for glaucoma, retinopathy or macular degeneration.

DOHC Medical Director, Dr. Marc Hoffing considers this service vital to DOHC members. “Diabetes is a growing problem in America”, said Hoffing. He concluded, “Diagnosis and regular monitoring are critical components in the management of and fight against this disease.”

To learn more about DOHC’s offerings, please call 760-320-5134.

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