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Diabetes Specialist

Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP

Internist & Medical Weight Loss Specialist located in Beverly Hills, CA

About 90-95% of patients diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that’s preventable with lifestyle changes like following a healthy diet and losing weight. As an expert in nutrition, weight loss, and internal medicine, Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP in Beverly Hills, California, works with each patient to create a holistic treatment plan that prevents Type 2 diabetes and effectively manages the condition after it’s diagnosed. To learn if you’re at risk for diabetes or to benefit from Dr. Youdim’s expertise in providing long-term diabetes management, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes develops when blood sugar levels get too high due to a problem with insulin.

With Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas continues to produce insulin, but not enough to keep blood sugar at a normal level. You also develop insulin resistance, a condition that is highly related to obesity and excess weight which means your body can’t use the insulin that’s available.

What health complications develop due to diabetes?

High blood sugar damages nerves and small blood vessels. As the damage progressively worsens, diabetes causes:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Vision loss
  • Skin infections
  • Foot ulcers that don’t heal

Type 2 diabetes more than doubles your risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke. It’s also one of the top causes of kidney failure and heart disease, and the #1 killer of men and women in the United States.

What symptoms will I develop if I have diabetes?

Symptoms develop quickly in patients with Type 1 diabetes, while they take years to appear if you have Type 2 diabetes. With both types you may experience:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • Unexplained weight loss

As Type 2 diabetes is highly associated with weight gain, you can prevent its exacerbation through changes in your diet, weight loss, exercise and other lifestyle modifications that lower your blood sugar before full-blown diabetes develops.

How is diabetes treated?

When Dr. Youdim provides your diabetes care, you’ll receive 1:1 counseling with a board-certified internal medicine physician who has extensive training in nutrition and weight management — the two key lifestyle factors for treating diabetes.

Whether you need an individualized diabetes prevention program or an evidence-based lifestyle protocol to effectively manage your diabetes, Dr. Youdim provides comprehensive health care that includes the coaching and counseling you need to keep your blood sugar in a normal range.

Your tailored lifestyle plan incorporates dietary changes and an exercise regimen. These modifications lower blood sugar and help you lose weight, which is also essential for preventing and treating diabetes. If you’re overweight, losing 5-7% of your weight can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

To receive diabetes screening and an integrative prevention or treatment plan that incorporates your physical, mental, and emotional needs, call Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, or schedule an appointment online.