Diabetes Specialist

Suneetha Maddineni, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Mountain View, CA

Complications of diabetes can be serious and life-threatening, which is why diabetes screening and treatment is so important. At the office of Suneetha Maddineni, MD, in Mountain View, California, internal medicine physician Dr. Maddineni and her team screen for or help you manage type 1 or type 2 diabetes to boost your quality of life and avoid complications associated with the disease. Call Suneetha Maddineni, MD, for an appointment today, or schedule a visit online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects roughly one in 10 Americans. It occurs when your body can’t efficiently control sugar in your blood. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

If you have type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin needed to move sugar from your blood into other cells within your body.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body makes insulin but doesn’t respond to it as it’s supposed to do. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, and it might go away after delivery.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

You might not experience symptoms at all if you have diabetes. If you do have symptoms, you may notice:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Increases in thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Frequent infections
  • Reduced wound healing
  • Blurred vision

Type 1 diabetes commonly occurs during childhood, whereas type 2 diabetes often develops in people over 40. Schedule a diabetes screening with Dr. Maddineni at the first sign of diabetes symptoms or if you’re at risk of developing the disease.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Anybody can get diabetes, but certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Family history of diabetes
  • Older age
  • Being overweight
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being African American, Hispanic, Asian-American, or American Indian
  • A history of gestational diabetes
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

If you have one or more diabetes risk factors, it’s important to get screened for the disease. The earlier your provider detects diabetes and treats it, the lower your risk of experiencing complications. 

How is diabetes treated?

The diabetes treatment you require depends on the type of diabetes you have and its severity. Dr. Maddineni may recommend lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, changes in dietary habits (controlling your carbohydrates), and regular exercise. Pre-diabetes is often reversible by adopting these simple healthy habits.

You might also require oral diabetes medications, insulin injections, or both to control blood sugar and prevent complications – such as nerve damage, foot problems, heart disease, kidney problems, and eye damage.

Don’t wait to get screened or treated for diabetes before it’s too late. Call the office of Suneetha Maddineni, MD, for an appointment today, or schedule a visit online.