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Work With Your Doctor To Manage Diabetes Successfully

November 01, 2013

An estimated 100,000 individuals in Alameda County have either Type I or Type II diabetes.  If you or someone in your life has diabetes, you know that managing the disease is always time consuming and often overwhelming.  And, untreated or improperly treated, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, vision problems, heart and circulatory issues and a host of complications that exacerbate other health problems.

A key to successfully managing diabetes is working closely with your doctor, according to Dr. Archana Bindra, an endrocrinologist and member of the Washington Hospital medical staff.

“Active management of the disease is essential to prevent dangerous complications common to diabetes,” Dr. Bindra added.  “Proper diet, sufficient exercise and managing blood sugar levels are essential; a diabetes patient needs to work with his or her doctor to successfully manage the disease.”

On Thursday, November 7, Dr. Bindra will discuss “Partnering with Your Doctor to Improve Diabetes Control” at Washington Hospital’s free monthly Diabetes Matters education lecture.  The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont.  A diabetes support group discussion from 8 to 9 p.m. will follow Dr. Bindra’s talk.  All who attend are encouraged to ask questions.

Managing diabetes can become a full-time job and people with diabetes have to be aware continually that what they do and what they eat, or don’t eat, will affect their blood sugar levels. 

“Trying to take care of the rest of one’s life while doing everything you need to do to keep blood glucose under control can be very difficult.  That’s why it’s important to work closely with your doctor who can help you stay motivated, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed,” Dr. Bindra said.  

The Diabetes Matters lecture series is held on the first Thursday of each month and individuals and families who live with diabetes are encouraged to attend.  No registration is required.  All are welcome to the program which is designed to provide science-based information to help all community members increase their knowledge about diabetes. 

Diabetes is a life-altering chronic disease that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin and is unable to use it properly.  Insulin helps the body process glucose (sugar) which fuels the body. When this process doesn’t work correctly, the body cannot successfully convert sugar from food into energy, causing sugar levels in the blood and urine to rise.  The complications of diabetes can be serious, and those complications can begin very early after the onset of the disease.  Most complications stem from changes in the blood vessels and nerves that affect various parts of the body, including the eyes, kidneys, heart and limbs.

Diabetes patients attending the program are encouraged to bring family members and/or close friends to the lecture series to learn more about the disease and how to help and support the patient who is trying to manage his/her disease.  Perhaps the person in the family who shops for food isn’t the one who has the disease and isn’t aware of what the patient should or shouldn’t be eating.  Learning more about the disease will help everyone involved with the patient.

Attend the 5th Annual Diabetes Health Expo on November 23!

Washington Hospital will host its annual Diabetes Awareness Health Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, in the Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditorium, Rooms A, B & C located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. 

Open to the entire community, the Health Expo will provide information on how to prevent diabetes and how to live well with the disease and will feature expert speakers and interactive health booths.  Please call (800) 963-7070 to register.

To find out about the wide variety of services offered through the Washington Hospital Outpatient Diabetes Center, visit  To learn more about diabetes, visit