Center4Health Medical Group

Elizabeth J. Covington, MD

Family Practice & Aesthetics located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes, which occurs when your blood sugar is too high. At the Center4Health, Dr. Elizabeth Covington and her team of expert providers seek to help men and women in the Los Angeles area understand their diabetes, manage its symptoms, and prevent complications. Call the office or book an appointment online to be screened for this potentially debilitating disease or to have your condition managed.

Diabetes Q & A

What are the types of diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make any or enough of a hormone called insulin that helps transfer glucose from your bloodstream into your cells to be used for energy.

Type 1 diabetes: This autoimmune condition is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Your pancreas doesn’t make insulin, so you need to take it to stay alive.

Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes usually develops in middle-aged or older people, but an increasing number of younger people are being diagnosed. It occurs when your body does not make enough insulin or does not use it well.

Gestational diabetes: This condition can be a complication experienced by pregnant women. It usually goes away after delivery but puts the mother at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Who is at risk of developing diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition and usually runs in families. Type 2 diabetes develops over time, often in response to specific lifestyle factors, including:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood pressure
  • Middle or older age
  • Fat distributed mainly around the abdomen

Many of these factors are controllable. The team at Center4Health can help you establish healthy habits to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. These include eating healthy foods, increasing your physical activity levels, and losing excess weight.

What are the complications associated with diabetes?

Diabetes has some very serious complications that threaten your quality and sanctity of life. These include:

  • Poor circulation
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye problems
  • Foot issues
  • Nerve damage
  • Dental disease

These complications may develop gradually but can be debilitating over time.

How is diabetes treated?

People with Type 1 diabetes receive supplemental insulin through a pump or administer their own daily injections. Those with Type 2 diabetes are coached on healthy eating and exercise. They undergo regular blood sugar monitoring and may receive diabetes medication or insulin therapy, depending on their condition.

If you suspect you might have diabetes or be at risk for developing it, call Center4Health or book an appointment online.