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Diabetes treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my diabetes?

Yes. In most cases, a doctor on Maple can help you manage previously diagnosed diabetes. They can prescribe medications and advise on treatment plans. In some provinces, you can also opt to speak to a diabetes nurse educator, who can help guide you through any lifestyle and dietary changes that come along with a diabetes diagnosis. Additionally, in select provinces Maple’s endocrinologists can order tests and adjust your medications to help you optimize your diabetes therapy.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is actually a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose), caused by issues with the hormone insulin. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to produce insulin or when tissues in your body become insensitive to insulin, and glucose builds up in your blood. There are a number of types of diabetes, including those that are chronic (Type 1 and 2) and temporary (gestational diabetes).

Type 1 diabetes, typically referred to as juvenile diabetes, usually occurs in youth, and often initially presents with a life threatening episode of high blood sugar and dehydration. Type 2 diabetes typically occurs in adults, and has a slower, more gradual onset, which is rarely acutely life threatening. 

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections

Gestational diabetes can have many of these symptoms, but is often only caught because of routine testing during the second trimester of pregnancy.

How is diabetes treated?

Diabetes is treated differently depending on what type you have. All types of diabetes can be managed by exercising regularly and eating foods that are lower in fat and calories and higher in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Additionally, type 1 diabetes treatment typically involves the use of an insulin pump or regular insulin injections, as well as frequent blood sugar checks.  In extremely rare cases, pancreas transplants may be used. Type 2 diabetes can be treated with medication, insulin, or both (as well as lifestyle changes). And depending on the severity of your gestational diabetes, you may also need insulin or medication. The doctor will be able to best advise you.

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary. We also offer a number of specialities, including diabetes nurse educators.

Patients love using Maple

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Saves a lot of time compared to sitting in a doctor's office!

- Play Store review

Legitimate and just as described, with fabulous doctors. Totally fills the late-night worry gap!

- App Store review

Not having to endure a long wait at a walk in clinic is fabulous. Especially since I have twin pre-schoolers to contend with.

- App Store review

The service is so quick and professional and saves hours spent in a walk-in-clinic. This is a game changer for busy moms and I recommend it to everyone!

- Facebook review

Instead of my husband having to drag both kids to the hospital or walk in alone he was able to see a doctor right away and get a prescription faxed to our local pharmacy.

- Facebook review

Our family has used this service twice so far and it has been amazing. Both doctors were friendly, compassionate and you never feel rushed.

- Facebook review

Was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see a doctor without an appointment. I installed the Maple app, spoke to a doctor and had my prescription in under 30 min.

- Facebook review

I used Maple for the first time today. It was quick and easy, took less than ten minutes including connecting time and the doctor was professional and friendly. 

- Facebook review

LOVE This service. Not only do you have a doctor within seconds but they are professional and knowledgable.

- Facebook review

Absolutely blown away. It was SO easy to use. No wait time getting connected with a doctor. Getting the prescription faxed to the pharmacy made it a seamless process.

- Facebook review

Conditions Maple doctors can treat

Mental health

Our doctors are available to provide advice and treatment for common mental health conditions.

Some examples include:

Women's/men's health

Doctors can advise on family planning and treat conditions like urinary tract infections and erectile dysfunction.

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