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Diabetes

Diabetes Management

Living with diabetes should not have to be a struggle. At Dr. Elie Medical Center, Dr. Elie Farhadian can help you to get your blood sugar under control. As a diabetes management expert, Dr. Farhadian works with you to see if changes in your lifestyle such as diet and exercise can help to improve your condition. Whether you have already been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk for developing it, you will be in caring, competent hands with Dr. Farhadian.

Diabetes Management Q & A

by: Elie Farhadian, M.D.

How does weight loss affect my diabetes?

Being overweight can impact your body's ability to use insulin, the hormone that allows your cells to absorb glucose, which makes it harder to manage your diabetes. When you meet Dr. Farhadian , she'll help you what a healthy weight is for your body.

As an expert in diabetes maintenance, Dr. Farhadian will create a custom weight loss plan for you, which will likely include nutrition counseling and exercise planning. You'll learn which foods you should be eating to lose weight, as well as what it types of foods can help you keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Exercise isn't only important for losing weight, It's also critical of managing your diabetes. When you exercise, your cells need more energy. This forces your body to push glucose from your blood into your cells. Getting more physically active even boosts your body's insulin sensitivity, which allows the hormone to work more efficiently and normalize your blood sugar.

Will I need insulin to manage my diabetes?

It depends. If you have Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn't produce insulin or makes only a tiny bit of it. In this case, you'll need regular insulin injections throughout the day. Type 2 diabetes is different, your pancreas typically produces some insulin, but your body becomes resistant to it. Some men and women who have Type 2 diabetes need insulin injections, while others manage it with diet, exercise, and oral medication that improves insulin function and blood sugar levels.

With insulin injections, you have to manually check your blood sugar several times each day, then give yourself the shot as needed. An insulin pump is an alternative option for getting essential insulin into your system. The pump, which is about the size of a small cellphone that you wear on your belt, connects to an insulin reservoir underneath the skin in your abdomen. You can program your insulin pump to send out certain amounts of insulin at specific times, or manually dispense insulin as needed. Some modern insulin pumps even work wirelessly. Dr.Farhadian can help you determine which type of pump best fits your needs.

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