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Los Angeles Primary Care

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

Learning to manage diabetes can greatly improve your quality of life and your overall health. With personalized weight loss coaching and diabetes management at Los Angeles Primary Care in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Sera Ramadan, DO, can help you avoid complications like vision loss and neuropathy. For more information about diabetes and diabetes management, call Los Angeles Primary Care, or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that alters the way your body processes glucose or sugar. Normally, your body uses a hormone called insulin from your pancreas to convert glucose into energy for your cells. If your body doesn’t produce insulin or can’t use it efficiently, glucose can build up in your blood and cause widespread effects on your health and functioning.

There are three main types of diabetes, and Dr. Ramadan at Los Angeles Primary Care can help you discover which type you have:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes often develops early in life. If you have it, your body doesn’t produce insulin because your immune system attacks the pancreatic cells that create it. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes causes your body to have difficulty using the insulin it has. It’s closely linked to excess body fat, but you don’t have to be overweight or obese to develop type 2 diabetes. There are many lifestyle and genetic factors that can contribute to the disease. Before developing type 2 diabetes, you might get a reversible diagnosis of prediabetes. 

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes happens to pregnant women and develops because of insulin-blocking hormones. In most cases, it goes away after you give birth. However, it increases your chances of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. 

What are some early signs of diabetes?

The early signs you get depend on the type of diabetes you have, but all three types have similar symptoms. You should book an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Ramadan if you experience:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Slow-healing wounds or lacerations

In most cases, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes occurs during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes is more likely to develop during adulthood, but it is affecting more and more children. 

How can I manage my diabetes?

Dr. Ramadan designs a diabetes management plan according to the type of diabetes you have and your lifestyle. She helps you manage your condition with regular appointments and counseling at Los Angeles Primary Care. 

With either type, you need to monitor your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Dr. Ramadan teaches you to do this. If you have type 1 diabetes, you must inject insulin or wear an insulin pump.

Treatment for type 2 diabetes is a bit different. A controlled diet and exercise regimen can make a big difference, and Dr. Ramadan offers one-on-one weight loss coaching if you need it. Not everyone with type 2 diabetes needs to take medications, but Dr. Ramadan can prescribe medications to help your body use its insulin more effectively.

If you have early symptoms of diabetes or if you already have a diagnosis and need better management, call Los Angeles Primary Care, or book an appointment online today.