More than 10% of all Americans now live with diabetes. Around 90-95% of people living with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which is often reversible if you get expert help and support. At Evolve Healthcare, the team of experts includes metabolic health specialist Gary Shlifer, DO, and podiatry specialist Marina Shlifer, MD, DPM. They offer head-to-toe diabetes care in their Woodland Hills, California office, for your convenience and comfort. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
How is type 1 diabetes different from type 2?
Diabetes is a disease in which you can’t make or utilize insulin efficiently. It occurs in two main forms, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes, which isn’t preventable, occurs when your immune system mistakenly kills the part of your pancreas that produces insulin. A healthy lifestyle is important, but you must also take insulin to live with type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, by far the most common kind of diabetes, means you make insulin but don’t use it properly. You can prevent type 2 diabetes by controlling your weight and diet.
Even if you already have type 2 diabetes, you can often avoid insulin injections — and dire health consequences — by losing extra weight, changing the way you eat, and making other healthy changes.
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause tremendous problems throughout your body, including nerve, blood vessel, heart, eye, liver, and kidney damage. Diabetes can also kill you, so it’s essential to manage your condition effectively.
How do you treat diabetes?
As an internal medicine physician specializing in metabolic health, Dr. Gary Shlifer is uniquely qualified to treat and manage your diabetes. He offers customized solutions, including a medical weight loss program, nutritional guidance, hormone optimization, and more.
People with type 2 diabetes can often reverse their condition and keep their blood sugar controlled without medication. Those with Type 1 diabetes can maximize their health through insulin use and healthy lifestyle changes.
The Evolve Healthcare team customizes all diabetes treatment programs to ensure that you achieve maximum health and wellness.
How can diabetes harm my feet?
Diabetes can cause severe problems in your feet because it damages your nerves and blood vessels.
Nerve damage means that you may experience buzzing, tingling, or stabbing pain in your feet. Many diabetics also experience frequent foot numbness. You can quickly worsen small wounds like cuts or blisters by walking on them without feeling any pain.
Diabetes causes poor circulation, particularly to your extremities, because they’re so far from your heart. When your feet don’t get the nutrient and oxygen-rich blood supply they need, healing even the smallest wounds is difficult.
Both of these problems contribute to diabetic foot problems, including slow-healing wounds and ulcers. Because diabetes also causes poor immune function, sufferers are more vulnerable to infections and other complications from foot problems like ingrown toenails or fungal nails.
Dr. Marina Shlifer is a highly experienced podiatrist and also a medical doctor, making her the most qualified diabetes foot care specialist for all your needs.
For a customized diabetes treatment program with an internal medicine doctor and podiatrist under one roof, call Evolve Healthcare or schedule online today.