Diabetes Care Specialist

Susan Biegel, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Susan Biegel, MD

Internal Medicine & Laser Aesthetic Specialist located in Upland, CA

If you’re a diabetic, you already know the hassle of monitoring blood sugar levels, having a weakened immune system, and the complications the condition can cause. You also know the importance of having a doctor who you can talk to and is educated about the disease. Dr. Susan Biegel of Upland, California, is one of those doctors. With a history of diabetes care, she can help you get on the right track with your diabetes management.

Diabetes Care Q & A

What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that impacts nearly 29 million Americans each year and is the leading cause of:

  • Blindness
  • Amputations
  • Kidney and heart failure
  • Strokes

Diabetes occurs when the body stops processing insulin correctly, leading to elevated levels of blood sugar.

Type 1 diabetes, often called insulin-dependent diabetes, is more severe than Type 2. Although it can develop at anytime, it often starts during the teenage years. With Type 1 diabetes, the immune system malfunctions, attacking the pancreas’s insulin-producing cells. These cells stop producing insulin, the hormone that allows the body to turn glucose (aka sugar) into energy. Without insulin, cells don’t get the energy they need and the sugar in the blood doesn’t get used, instead compromising the:

  • Eyes
  • Kidneys
  • Heart
  • Nerves

Without treatment, this can lead to coma or death.

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 and typically develops after age 35. When you have Type 2 diabetes, you still produce insulin but not enough. Other times, you become insulin resistant, which means even though insulin is present, it doesn’t allow cells to convert glucose to energy. Although Type 2 diabetes has the same risks as Type 1, it typically occurs in people who are overweight with a sedentary lifestyle and is therefore managed through diet and exercise.

How do doctors treat Type 1 diabetes?

The type of diabetes you have determines how Dr. Biegel treats it. For Type 1 diabetes, treatment involves monitoring your diet and using insulin injections to regulate blood sugar. Oral medication may also be used in coordination with insulin injections depending on your specific needs.

How do doctors treat Type 2 diabetes?

A different approach is taken with Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Biegel starts with patient education and discusses how to improve your nutrition to lower your sugar intake and keep your blood sugar stable. She teaches you how to monitor your blood sugar levels and how to incorporate an exercise routine into your daily life.

As part of your diabetes treatment plan, Dr. Biegel discusses obesity management. Losing weight, eating healthy, and exercising are all necessary components of preventing diabetic complications, including:

  • Neuropathy
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure.

She also discusses the importance of:

  • Regular eye exams
  • Getting scheduled vaccines
  • Stress management

If you have diabetes and want comprehensive care, schedule an appointment with Dr. Biegel today.

Insurance Providers

We accept major PPO and HMO insurance plans. If you have additional questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.

Blue Cross
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