Diabetes Management Specialist

James J. Biemer, MD

Internists located in Portland, OR

Diabetes impacts everything from your eyesight to the feeling in your feet. With an office located in Portland, Oregon, James J. Biemer, MD, and his skilled, friendly team can work with you to create a personalized diabetes management plan that can reduce your symptoms and lower your risk of serious complications from diabetes. Call Dr. Biemer’s concierge medical practice today to learn more.

Diabetes Management Q & A

Who needs diabetes management?

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or told that you’re prediabetic, you can benefit from diabetes management. Diabetes, a chronic condition that affects how your body processes sugar and energizes cells, impacts 30 million Americans, and when it’s left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including blindness, limb amputation, and even death.

Whether you have Type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas doesn’t create enough — or any — insulin, or Type 2, where your cells don’t respond to the insulin that’s produced, diabetes management can help you keep your blood-sugar level under control and decrease your risk of diabetes complications.

How is diabetes managed?

In many cases, Dr. Biemer can help people manage their Type 2 diabetes without the need or use of medication or insulin injections. By eliminating negative lifestyle habits and engaging in both healthy eating and a regular exercise routine, you can manage your diabetes and, in some cases, even force the disease into remission.

To help you manage your diabetes, Dr. Biemer recommends:

  • Checking your glucose levels multiple times a day
  • Eating real, healthy foods in a well-balanced diet
  • Engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
  • Dealing with stress, which can increase your blood-sugar levels
  • Managing other chronic conditions
  • Limiting alcohol consumption

Do you need medication for diabetes management?

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need to take insulin injections to provide insulin that allows glucose to turn into energy for your cells.

When you have Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Biemer and his knowledgeable team can help you manage your diabetes without the use of medication. If you still struggle to maintain your glucose levels, your doctor may prescribe medication.

Multiple medications are available for diabetes, including those that improve the quality of the insulin your pancreas produces, increase the amount of insulin produced, or make your cells more receptive to the insulin that’s available.

When you’re ready to improve your health and do what’s necessary to manage your diabetes, call Dr. Biemer’s office to learn more about diabetes management.