Molani Medical Group
Jabeen Fatima, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Learning how to effectively manage your blood sugar plays a vital role in keeping your diabetes under control. Jabeen Fatima, MD, at Molani Medical Group in Sherman Oaks, California, is a family medicine physician experienced in treating blood sugar issues in patients of all ages. To learn more about your diabetes treatment options, call Molani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that is caused by your blood sugar. Blood sugar is your body’s main source of energy and comes from the food you eat.
Insulin is a hormone in your body that is responsible for regulating your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t use the insulin it produces, or it doesn’t use its insulin effectively.
When diabetes is left untreated, it can cause severe health concerns.
Are there different types of diabetes?
Several types of diabetes exist, but the most common include:
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is often hereditary and usually occurs in children. In this case, your body doesn’t make insulin because of an infection, illness, or because of a disease affecting the pancreas. Because your body doesn’t make insulin, you need daily insulin injections.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. It’s usually seen in middle-aged or older adults and is often caused by obesity. Ethnicity, age, sedentary lifestyle, and other health factors can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s not unusual for some women to develop diabetes while pregnant. This type of diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, your risk of developing type 2 in the future increases.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Diabetes often has no symptoms. If symptoms are present, they're often shared between the two types. However, type 1 symptoms are typically more sudden and severe. These symptoms might include:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Dry mouth and itchy skin
- Unintentional weight loss
- Slow healing
- Hunger and fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Yeast infections
- Pain or numbness in your feet or legs
If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems and death.
How is diabetes diagnosed and treated?
The most effective way of diagnosing diabetes is during a comprehensive medical exam. During your appointment, Dr. Fatima will discuss your family history while assessing your physical health. She may recommend additional blood work that includes glucose testing.
Dr. Fatima provides attentive and personalized attention to help you deal with your diabetic or prediabetic symptoms. In addition to blood sugar screenings, Dr. Fatima may recommend lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, guidance on insulin use, and recommendations for medication management.
Call Molani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today to learn how Dr. Fatima can help you better manage your diabetes.