Diabetes

Goldome Healthcare, Inc.

Family Medicine Physicians located in West Covina, CA

One out of every 10 Californians has diabetes, a medical condition that causes abnormal levels of blood sugar. The good news is that diabetes is a very manageable illness. As a practice focused on wellness and prevention, David Chen, MD, and his team at Goldome Healthcare, Inc., spend a lot of time educating patients with diabetes about their illness and how to manage it. If you have diabetes or concerns about blood sugar and live in or near West Covina, California, call the office or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

Goldome Healthcare, Inc.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that occurs when your blood sugars are consistently elevated. When you eat certain types of foods, primarily carbohydrates such as bread and fruit, your body breaks it down into sugar or glucose. The glucose travels through your bloodstream and enters your cells with the help of insulin to provide energy.

If you have diabetes, you either don’t make enough insulin or your body isn’t using the insulin you do make properly.

There are three types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes: With this type, the body doesn’t make insulin and you must take insulin injections as a result.
  • Type 2 diabetes: In patients with this form of diabetes, the body makes insulin, but the insulin can’t get the sugar into the cell.
  • Gestational diabetes: This kind of the condition occurs during pregnancy.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

If your blood sugar is high, you may experience a number of different symptoms, including:

  • Extreme hunger and thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • Feeling run-down
  • Wounds and sores that are slow to heal

How do I improve my blood sugar levels?

As a holistic practice, Dr. Chen and his team at Goldome Healthcare, Inc. work one-on-one with you to develop the best treatment plan to help you get your blood sugars under control. This might include:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Medication

If you have Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Chen may first recommend you make changes to your diet and exercise routine to improve your blood sugar. Dr. Chen recommends a healthy and balanced diet and at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Eating right and working out may also help you lose weight, which also improves blood sugar.

Medications may be added to your regimen if you’re not able to control your blood sugar with diet and exercise alone. Such medication includes oral medications or insulin injections.

What concerns should I have about diabetes?

Diabetes increases your risk of developing a number of other medical conditions, including:

  • Heart and kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Problems with your feet, such as peripheral neuropathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Eyesight issues

If you have diabetes, Dr. Chen closely monitors kidney function with regular blood tests and checks your eyes at each visit.
If you need help managing your blood sugar or have concerns about diabetes, call the office or book an appointment online.