Diabetes

Jonah Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA

According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. At Jonah Medical Group in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, attentive family medicine physician Dr. Edwin Choi treats diabetes with effective methods and specialized, individualized medical care to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life. Dr. Choi works with you to reduce your risks of complications. Learn more and start with a consultation. Call or click to schedule online.

Diabetes Q & A

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases that affect how your body uses glucose, or blood sugar, one of your body’s main energy sources. With diabetes, there is too much glucose circulating in your bloodstream.

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas, a gland near your stomach. When you consume sugar and foods that turn to sugar inside your body, your pancreas secretes insulin to manage and store the sugar in your cells ready for use. Insulin works to lower your blood-sugar levels. When the level of sugar in your bloodstream drops, your insulin production follows suit.

Type 1 diabetes

With Type 1 diabetes, your immune system that normally fights off harmful bacteria and viruses starts to attack the cells of your pancreas that produce the insulin hormone.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes becomes more common with aging. The cells of the pancreas gradually becoming resistant to the insulin hormone and your pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin to overcome this resistance.

Prediabetes

Prediabetes can develop into Type 2 diabetes over time. If you’re prediabetic, it means that your blood sugar levels are above average but not high enough to be in the diabetes range. Prediabetes is considered a warning zone.

Gestational diabetes

During pregnancy, some women can develop gestational diabetes that usually goes away after childbirth.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Vision problems
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Frequent infections, including skin or gum infections

The symptoms vary depending on the individual, and symptoms can often come and go.

What causes diabetes?

The cause of diabetes isn’t certain, but some risk factors are said to contribute, such as:

  • Aging
  • Inactivity
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Some medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases

If diabetes isn’t managed properly, it can lead to complications, such as:

  • Nerve damage
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Damage to the kidneys, eyes, skin, hearing, and feet

What are the treatments for diabetes?

Dr. Choi provides a range of effective treatments for the management of diabetes, including:

  • Insulin and oral medications
  • Lifestyle changes, including nutrition, stress management, and exercise
  • Blood-sugar monitoring with a glucose monitor

Dr. Choi’s goal is to regulate your blood sugar, lower your risks of complications, lower your stress hormones, and improve your health overall. Book your personal consultation with Dr. Choi online or call the office today.