Despite the common nature of diabetes, the disease is life-altering and sometimes fatal. Finding a doctor who understands the intricacies of this dangerous disease and who has experience in managing it well is critical to improving and maintaining your health and quality of life.
Dr. Michael S. Basch at Talia Medical Group in Temecula, California, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He is committed to helping you achieve optimal health and manage your blood sugar level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Diabetes is a common disease impacting the production of insulin, a hormone that breaks down sugars in your blood.
In patients with Type 1 diabetes, their pancreas doesn’t produce insulin at all. Patients with Type 2 diabetes have developed insulin resistance, which means their bodies produce insulin but are unable to use it in the right way.
There’s no cure for Type 1 diabetes, but in many cases you can cure Type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, and weight loss.
Patients with Type 1 diabetes are often called insulin-dependent diabetics. They must closely monitor their blood glucose levels and administer insulin injections according to a set schedule. Diet and exercise are carefully managed to ensure the most consistency possible.
Dr. Basch may recommend a diabetic meal plan, which is a meal plan designed to nourish your body, stabilize your blood sugars, and help you achieve and maintain optimal health. Your diabetic meal plan may not be the same as that of another patient; Dr. Basch works to tailor your meal plan to your unique medical situation.
The causes of Type 1 diabetes are unknown, although the disease is thought to be autoimmune in nature. Quite contrarily, the causes of Type 2 diabetes are understood and include:
- Genetic makeup
- Obesity or being overweight
- Metabolic syndrome
- Poor communication between your cells
- Ineffective beta cells
Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to detect because symptoms are often subtle, whereas Type 1 diabetes develops quickly and produces acute symptoms in a matter of days. The symptoms are similar for both and include:
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Urinating more frequently (more than seven times per day)
- Dry mouth
- Dry, itchy skin
- Blurred vision
- Yeast infections
- Sores that are slow to heal
- Nerve pain in your lower extremities
- Unplanned weight loss (Type 1 only)
- Nausea/vomiting (Type 1 only)
If you’re experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, it’s important to notify your internist right away.