Diabetes Management Specialist

Dr. Maria Villa Medical Clinic & Aesthetics

Family Practice Physicians & Aesthetic Specialists located in San Diego, CA

Approximately 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, and, more alarming, 86 million more are classified as prediabetic. There is no cure for diabetes, but its effects can be minimized with proper care. Dr. Maria Villa at Dr. Maria Villa Medical Clinic & Aesthetics has extensive experience in managing diabetes in her patients in the San Diego area, allowing them to lead healthy and active lives. To get started on properly managing your diabetes, call or book an appointment online.

Diabetes Management Q & A

What is diabetes?

The term diabetes isn’t just one condition, but several diseases that are characterized by your body’s inability to produce or regulate insulin, the hormone responsible for how your body processes sugar.

Among the most common types of the disease are:

Type 2 diabetes

This form of diabetes is the most prevalent and is most often brought on by weight issues in people over 45, though more and more children are developing the disease largely due to obesity. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or it’s resistant to the insulin you have, preventing you from properly processing glucose.

Type 1 diabetes

With type 1 diabetes your body doesn’t produce any insulin at all, forcing you to control your blood sugar through insulin injections.

Gestational diabetes

Hormone changes during pregnancy trigger this type of diabetes, which usually resolves itself once the pregnancy has ended.

What are the health risks with diabetes?

One of the biggest problems with diabetes is the cascading effect it has on your body. The result of having diabetes is that your body is unable to control your blood sugar levels, which over time, can lead to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Foot problems
  • Eye damage

These complications represent the most common problems associated with diabetes.

Can diabetes be managed?

In a word, yes! If your diabetes is monitored under the watchful eye of an experienced health care provider, such as Dr. Maria Villa, you can lead a healthy and normal life. As a family practitioner, Dr. Villa helps patients of all ages successfully manage their diabetes, catching problems before they become major health issues.

Under a typical diabetes management plan, Dr. Villa provides the following:

  • Regular checkups to monitor your blood sugar and risk factors
  • Insulin management programs
  • At-home care and emergency plans
  • Necessary medications
  • Nutrition and exercise recommendations

Enough can’t be said about the importance of partnering with Dr. Villa to control your diabetes, since the consequences of poor management are potentially life-threatening. Dr. Villa tailors a management plan that addresses your lifestyle and your goals while ensuring that you maintain optimal health.

To learn more about managing your diabetes, call  Dr. Maria Villa Medical Clinic & Aesthetics or book an appointment online.