Diabetes Specialist

Robert J. Wielenga, M.D. -  - Geriatric Physician

Wielenga Medical Group

Robert J. Wielenga, M.D.

Geriatric Physician & Family Practice Physician located in Downey, CA

Diabetes is a health condition that can have devastating consequences if not properly treated. Dr. Robert Wielenga and his staff at Wielenga Medical Group take the time they need to thoroughly evaluate your health and provide you with sound and efficient treatment plans. If you live in the Downey, California, area and are experiencing any signs or symptoms that point to diabetes, please call our office and make an appointment with Dr. Wielenga.

Diabetes Q & A

by Robert J. Wielenga, M.D.

What does “insulin dependence” refer to? (337)

Type 1 diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes. If you've been diagnosed with this kind of diabetes, your body no longer produces enough insulin to control the glucose in your bloodstream. Instead of relying on your pancreas to produce insulin, you must use other sources to monitor and maintain your blood-sugar levels.

Dr. Wielenga can identify potential health problems that can have an effect on your pancreas and how it functions. If the pancreas has been damaged due to illness or injury, he can formulate a treatment plan that provides you with the insulin your body needs to function efficiently.

What are common signs of diabetes?

Both Type 1 and Type 2 forms of diabetes have similar symptoms. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive hunger or food cravings
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness

Your symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on your overall state of health. You may not have all of the symptoms listed, so it's imperative to try and find out what's causing them.

If you begin to notice any of the symptoms mentioned above and can find no reasonable explanation, it's important that you notify Dr. Wielenga as soon as possible so he can perform a thorough evaluation and start treating you immediately.

Will exercise help control blood-sugar levels?

The primary source of fuel for the body during exercise and other forms of vigorous activity is glucose. If you've been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, remaining active through regular exercise and various types of activity is important. Swimming or walking are two activities that offer health benefits on many different levels.

Exercising on a regular basis will help lower blood-glucose levels, making them more manageable with various forms of insulin and a sound diet plan. As you age, exercise becomes of vital importance in other ways as well. It also keeps the cardiovascular system functioning efficiently, which is also beneficial if you've been diagnosed with either type of diabetes.

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