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Diabetes Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Nearly one in 10 people have diabetes, but medically supervised preventive care at Cima Medical Centers promotes your lasting health if you’re living with diabetes. Diabetes screening and monitoring are conveniently available onsite. Our providers also offer weight loss programs that can help patients lose as much as 40 pounds. The practice has four locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. Call the office nearest you today, or schedule a consultation with Israel Alvarado, MD, or Robert Webb, PA, online for diabetes screening and management.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common condition that occurs when your body doesn't create enough insulin or fails to use the insulin it does make properly. This allows an unhealthy amount of blood sugar (glucose) to accumulate in your blood. 

Untreated diabetes increases your risk for serious medical conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision problems
  • Nerve problems

Untreated diabetes also may lead to a life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. 

What are type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 occurs when your body doesn’t make insulin, an important hormone required to process glucose in your bloodstream. Type 1 was formerly known as juvenile diabetes.

Most people with diabetes have type 2, which occurs when your body doesn’t properly use insulin. Although your pancreas initially tries to produce extra insulin to correct this issue, it can’t keep up over time. As a result, the amount of insulin in your bloodstream plunges below what’s healthy. 

What are the signs of diabetes?

Both forms of diabetes may produce symptoms such as:

  • Needing to urinate often
  • Feeling extremely hungry or thirsty
  • Overwhelming tiredness
  • Blurry eyesight

You may experience sudden, unexplained weight loss with type 1 diabetes.

How is diabetes diagnosed?

Cima Medical Centers screens your blood for signs of diabetes with the A1C test. This simple blood test is available onsite. The test calculates average blood sugar levels over a three-month span.

How is diabetes treated?

The team at Cima Medical Centers emphasizes integrative preventive care to help you live a long healthy life with diabetes. They discuss proactive steps to manage diabetes and improve your overall wellbeing. 

If your weight is an issue, they recommend a medically supervised weight loss program, which is conveniently available at Cima Medical Centers. The plan teaches you healthy eating habits to adopt in your daily life. Patients typically lose 40 pounds on the plan, although results vary.

Your Cima Medical Centers provider also discusses medical treatment. This may include insulin medications or shots to replace the insulin your body is missing. 

If you’re ready for integrative, whole-person care for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, call Cima Medical Centers today, or request a consultation online.