A Provider With a Holistic Approach
in Mill Creek and Elkins, WV
Valley Health Care offers a comprehensive holistic care program to help you manage your diabetes. Our team of providers are here to help you achieve and maintain good health by working with you to keep your diabetes under control and monitor for signs that may indicate complications, including any chest pains, shortness of breath, pain/cramping of the legs, blurry vision, numbness/tingling of the feet, ongoing swelling of the face, hands, feet, or legs, unusual weight gain/loss, and weakness or numbness that affect only one side of the body. Be sure to report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor. Because some signs of progressing complications may not become apparent until damage has already occurred, we routinely monitor several overall aspects of your health. We offer preventive care, as well.
- Blood Testing
- Urine Testing
- Foot Testing
- Diabetic Eye Exams
- Telemedicine (Diabetic Specialist Meets With Local Patients)
- Diabetic Counseling (via Telemedicine)
- PEIA Face-to-Face Diabetic Counseling
- Home Medication & Injection Administration Training
What Types of Tests Are Available to Monitor My Diabetes?
Most of our patients have concerns regarding how their diabetes care plan will be implemented and what types of tests are available to monitor the development and progression of diabetes and related conditions. Several tests may be given during your follow up visits at Valley Health Care throughout the year, which may include:
Hemoglobin A1C Testing: Diagnostic and management test that reflects your overall blood sugar level by determining the percentage of glycated hemoglobin (how much your red blood cells are coated with sugar) over time
Diabetic Eye Examination: All of our diabetic patients will have regularly scheduled eye exams (typically once per year). The dilated eye exam will be performed by our ophthalmologist, who will also scan for signs of decreased vision. If you are experiencing blurry vision in one eye, blind spots, or are a pregnant patient with pre-existing diabetes (NOT gestational diabetes), you may be asked to come in more frequently.
Urine Testing: Usually performed yearly to monitor the functioning of the kidneys and to help develop an action plan to slow the progression of any kidney disease (nephropathy) that may be developing. Kidney disease may present as ongoing swelling of the feet or legs. If this symptom is noticed, report it to your provider as soon as possible.
Blood Pressure Monitoring: This test is typically done at every visit. Effective control of blood pressure at a rate lower than 130/80 is essential to prevent the development of uncontrolled hypertension and kidney disease.
Cholesterol & Triglyceride Levels: The lipid panel helps determine the level of risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease
Diabetic Telemedicine and PEIA Consultations in Elkins and Mill Creek, WV
Our specialists are available to offer both face-to-face PEIA diabetic counseling and telemedicine consultations for patients in and around the Mill Creek and Elkins areas in West Virginia. Telemedicine consultations can address a range of diabetic counseling and examination options, as well as provide the opportunity to meet with a registered dietician.
The PEIA Face to Face Diabetes Program is a valuable service offered to assist local residents manage living with diabetes. Helpful information regarding health improvements is provided, as well as money saving discounts and waivers of co-payments for diabetic medications, equipment, and supplies for those who follow their care plans. Participants may be able to save hundreds of dollars every year.
Learn How to Self Administer Your Diabetes Insulin Injections
The ability to self administer medications necessary to help control your diabetes safely and effectively is essential. Valley Health Care is committed to ensuring that all of our diabetic patients and their caregivers receive proper training regarding insulin and how to properly administer injections and take diabetes medications properly. This educational service is provided by Candice Putter, Pharmacist D.