Diabetes is a common condition that can lead to serious health problems, such as heart and kidney disease. Internal medicine physician and bioidentical hormone replacement therapist Sanjay Khedia, MD, specializes in diabetes treatment at his practice in Covina, California. If you think you may have diabetes, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.
There are two main types of diabetes, both of which cause your blood sugar levels to become too high. When you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas stops making insulin. Having type 2 diabetes means your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin properly.
Insulin is a hormone that helps the cells in your body receive energy from glucose or blood sugar. Without the right amount of insulin, too much sugar stays in your blood. Over time, this high blood sugar can cause problems in your heart, kidneys, nerves, and other organs.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that usually develops in children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes is a largely preventable condition that can occur at any age but is more common in adults.
Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1, but both types of diabetes cause the following signs and symptoms:
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop over the course of several years, while type 1 diabetes tends to create symptoms more suddenly. Some people with type 2 diabetes don’t have any symptoms at all.
If left untreated, high blood sugar can lead to serious problems, such as:
Dr. Khedia works with you to manage your diabetes and reduce your risk of these potentially dangerous complications.
Certain factors may make you more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes, such as:
Sometimes, a reversible condition called prediabetes precedes type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are too high, but not high enough to diagnose you with diabetes.
Dr. Khedia can diagnose diabetes with a blood test. If you’re over age 45 or have other risk factors for diabetes — such as a body mass index over 25 or hypertension — he includes diabetes screening in your routine preventive care plan.
Diabetes treatment depends on your unique condition, but may include:
To learn how you can manage your diabetes for a healthier, happier life, call or book an appointment online today.