If you have diabetes, you’re also more likely to experience heart and kidney disease. Fortunately, modern treatment methods make it possible to manage symptoms and prevent more serious complications. At his practice in El Centro, California, internal medicine physician Prabhdeep Singh, MD, FACP, has years of experience diagnosing and treating all types of diabetes. If you’re concerned about your blood sugar levels, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
Diabetes is an umbrella term used to describe a group of chronic diseases characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels. Everyone needs blood sugar to survive. It provides energy for the muscles and soft tissues throughout your body and fuels your brain.
However, when your blood sugar levels are too high for an extended period of time, it increases your risk of serious health problems, including permanent nerve damage, heart disease, and vision loss.
The symptoms of diabetes vary from person to person and depend on how elevated your blood sugar levels are. Telltale signs of diabetes include:
If you have diabetes, you might also experience periods of extreme hunger. You’re also more likely to experience gum disease or skin infections.
Dr. Singh regularly works with patients to diagnose and treat several types of diabetes, including:
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas either doesn’t produce insulin at all or it produces very little. As a result, you’re required to take prescription insulin.
Type 2 diabetes causes your cells to become insulin resistant. This allows blood sugar to build up in your bloodstream unchecked. Over time, type 2 diabetes also affects your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin.
Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels become slightly elevated. If you have prediabetes, it’s usually a sign you’ll develop type 2 diabetes in the future.
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, your body produces extra hormones to protect the fetus. The hormones also make your cells more resistant to insulin. Gestational diabetes usually subsides after giving birth.
Dr. Singh diagnoses diabetes during a comprehensive diabetic consultation that includes a physical and eye exam. During this appointment, he also asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing and reviews your medical history.
He also orders a glycated hemoglobin, or A1C, test. An A1C test measures your average blood sugar levels for the past 2-3 months. If you have an A1C level of 6.5% or higher on two separate tests, it means you have diabetes.
To request your diabetes appointment at Prabhdeep Singh, MD today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.