Diabetes Specialist

Munoz Urgent Care

Family Medicine & Urgent Care located in Anaheim, CA

The prevalence of diabetes is on the rise, with nearly 10% of Americans, including children, struggling with the chronic condition. If you have diabetes, Joseph Munoz, MD, and the specially trained team at Munoz Urgent Care can help you take control of your blood sugar once and for all. Schedule your appointment at this Anaheim, California, clinic by clicking on the online booking feature, or by calling the office directly.

Diabetes Q & A

What causes diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that leads to elevated blood sugar levels. Your cells need blood sugar (glucose) to get the fuel they need to function. Normally, when cells need energy, your brain sends a signal to your pancreas to release the hormone insulin.

It’s insulin’s job to open up cell walls, so glucose can be absorbed. When you’re diabetic, you might not be able to produce insulin, as with Type 1 diabetes. If you do produce insulin on your own, but maybe not enough, or your system becomes resistant to it, you might have Type 2 diabetes.  

Typically Type 1 diabetes — nicknamed juvenile diabetes — is either hereditary or caused by a viral infection in your pancreas, and tends to start earlier in life. The more common form of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, is usually related to obesity or being overweight.

You can also develop gestational diabetes while you’re pregnant. While it isn’t well understood why some women have gestational diabetes, it usually resolves after giving birth.

Are there symptoms of diabetes?

Yes, there are symptoms, although if you haven’t been formally diagnosed, you might be unaware that early warning signs of diabetes are occurring. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Ravenous appetite
  • Excessive urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you’ve had elevated blood sugar for an extended period, you could also be prone to yeast infections that can develop between your fingers and toes, under your breasts, or around your genitals.

How is diabetes treated?

While no cure exists for diabetes, you can certainly manage the condition and live a long, healthy life with the help of the team at Munoz Urgent Care. With Type 1 diabetes — and sometimes with Type 2 — you need insulin injections throughout the day. Dr. Munoz can also counsel you on the warning signs of high or low blood sugar, and how to check it.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you’re probably going to need specialized medications that often work by improving the function of insulin, or by lowering glucose production in your liver. No matter which type of diabetes you have, you’re also going to need to learn what to eat to prevent blood sugar spikes.

Losing weight and becoming more physically active is important for all diabetics. Plus, if you have Type 2 diabetes, getting to a healthier weight can decrease your need for insulin or diabetes medications.

If you have diabetes, the skilled team at Munoz Urgent Care can help you learn to manage it. Book your evaluation either online or over the phone.