Diabetes Specialist

Alidad Zadeh, DO

Internal Medicine & Hormone Replacement Therapy located in El Centro, CA

An umbrella term for conditions that lead to high blood sugar, diabetes can lead to serious health complications, including kidney problems. If you need help managing your diabetes, which affects over 30 million Americans, schedule an evaluation at the practice of Alidad Zadeh, DO, in El Centro, California, today. Dr. Zadeh provides integrative diabetes management solutions, so you can get your health back on track. Book your diabetes evaluation through the website or call to schedule by phone.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a broad term that describes conditions that involve insulin, a hormone, and glucose (blood sugar), your body’s main source of fuel. Insulin is what drives glucose into cells so they can function. Without insulin, glucose just circulates around in your bloodstream without having the chance to be absorbed.

With type 1 diabetes, also known as “juvenile diabetes,” your pancreas can’t produce insulin at all. The other common form of diabetes, type 2 diabetes, means you may have some insulin, but it may not be enough. Type 2 diabetes can also mean that your body has become resistant to your insulin. 

How does a doctor diagnose diabetes?

If you have a history of diabetes or are starting to experience related symptoms — like unexplained weight loss and frequent urination — Dr. Zadeh encourages you to schedule an evaluation. He talks with you about your personal and family health history and any issues you may be experiencing.

To diagnose diabetes or determine the severity of your diabetes, Dr. Zadeh may recommend any of the following diagnostic screenings:

  • Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test
  • Fasting blood sugar test
  • Oral glucose tolerance test
  • Random blood sugar tests

Dr. Zadeh may also request a urine sample to check for ketones, which are byproducts of muscle and fat breakdown that occur because your body can’t use glucose. After conducting any essential screenings, Dr. Zadeh talks with you about managing your diabetes.

Is there a cure for diabetes?

Diabetes isn’t curable, but with the help of Dr. Zadeh, you learn to keep your blood sugar under control. Your diabetes treatment plan is a comprehensive package that may involve:

  • Insulin pump
  • Exercise planning
  • Smoking cessation 
  • Weight loss management
  • Regular insulin injections
  • Nutrition and dietary counseling
  • Medications to improve insulin function (for type 2 diabetes)

Dr. Zadeh also teaches you how to check your blood sugar and when you should be checking it. The goal of your diabetes management plan is to lower your risk of secondary issues, including kidney disease, diabetic wounds, heart disease, and vision loss, among other complications. 

Get started on your personalized diabetes management plan at the office of Alidad Zadeh, DO. You can book your appointment online or you can call the clinic directly to schedule.