Diabetes Specialist

First Med Marin

Barry Landfield, MD

Family Medicine Practitioner located in Greenbrae, CA

Almost 10% of all American adults have diabetes. With this condition, your body doesn’t know how to use or produce insulin correctly. At First Med Marin in Greenbrae, California, Barry Landfield, MD, offers expert symptom management services as well as preventive care to help you manage your diabetes and lead a long, healthy life. Schedule an appointment online or by phone if you have diabetes.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes refers to a condition that occurs when there’s too much sugar in your blood because of your body’s inability to properly produce or use insulin. There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2:

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes refers to a common condition that mainly affects children and young adults.

With Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas either can’t produce insulin or doesn’t produce healthy amounts of it. Insulin is essential for your body to process sugar in the food you eat. Your body uses insulin to transform sugar into energy and blood sugar.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to take insulin for the rest of your life to ensure regular blood sugar levels.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. In fact, close to 95% of all people affected by diabetes have Type 2.

With this condition, your body makes insulin but doesn’t know how to use it, effectively making it impossible for your body to transform it into blood sugar. Dr. Landfield can recommend various treatment options for Type 2 diabetes. Expert medical and self-care can allow you to live a healthy life with this form of the condition.

Pregnant women can contract gestational diabetes, though it goes away after childbirth. However, women diagnosed with gestational diabetes are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

 

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes doesn’t have explicit symptoms. Nonetheless, you should stay vigilant of any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent fatigue
  • Higher hunger levels

If you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms, consider getting in touch with First Med Marin for an expert diagnosis and personalized symptom management plan.

 

How is diabetes treated?

Treatment for diabetes greatly depends on the type of diabetes you have, your medical history, and your specific symptoms. During your consultation with Dr. Landfield, he starts by discussing and evaluating these factors. Then, he can recommend treatment.

Type 1 diabetes requires daily insulin intake to keep your blood sugar levels healthy. Dr. Landfield can recommend daily insulin injections. He might also recommend that you wear an insulin pump, which administers insulin to your body progressively throughout the day.

Treatment for Type 2 diabetes requires that you invest in making serious lifestyle and dietary changes. Dr. Landfield recommends that you switch to a low-sugar diet and exercise regularly. You might also need to take oral insulin medication.

While getting rid of diabetes isn’t possible, managing its crippling symptoms can yield outstanding results. Learn more about how you can keep your diabetes at bay by scheduling an appointment online or by phone today.