Diabetes occurs when the body does not process blood sugar appropriately. Your body requires glucose, or blood sugar, to use as fuel to power the cells in muscles and tissues. However, glucose is meant to enter the cells so that they can receive the energy. When glucose does not enter the cells and stays in the bloodstream, blood sugar becomes too high, causing diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes, known as juvenile diabetes, is typically diagnosed in adolescence or young adulthood. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed across the lifespan and is caused by a combination of risk factors. Pre-diabetes is a potentially reversible type that happens when blood sugar is high but not high enough to meet the criteria for Type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed in pregnant women.
Most people do not experience any symptoms at first, especially those with Type 2 or pre-diabetes. Those with Type 1 experience severe symptoms that occur suddenly. Symptoms may include blurred vision, extreme hunger, frequent urination, increased thirst, frequent infections, slow-healing sores, and unexplained weight loss.
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms or are at risk of diabetes, see a doctor as soon as possible for screening.
As a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Dr. Dadkhah works with patients of all ages in diabetes treatment and prevention. She prescribes specific lifestyle changes for people who are hoping to minimize their risk of getting diabetes. This may include better dietary choices, exercise, and controlling other health indicators such as blood pressure or cholesterol.
Her course of action may be very similar for those diagnosed with diabetes. While medication may be necessary at that point, it is also important to eat a healthy diet and stay active. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dadkhah to learn more about the importance of nutrition in managing diabetes.
Not all insurance providers cover nutrition services. Please call the number on your insurance card prior to your visit to learn if medical nutrition therapy services are a covered benefit. When you call us to make an appointment, we will also obtain your insurance information to check your insurance coverage. We bill your insurance provider for each visit, and you cover the co-payment or deductible. The amount that you owe depends on the specific health insurance plan you have. For your co-payment or for those who prefer to pay out-of-pocket, we accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards.
"She has helped me to lose weight, but more importantly, she's helped me become healthier by teaching me the right foods to eat in the right quantity."