Diabetes Specialist

Ulrike D. Sujansky, MD, FACP -  - Concierge Medicine

Ulrike D. Sujansky, MD, FACP

Concierge Medicine located in San Mateo, CA

Some patients might need to take medications to control their diabetes, but lifestyle management goes a long way in minimizing diabetic complications. You may be able to prevent diabetes or reduce its effects by taking advantage of concierge medicine with Ulrike Sujansky, MD. Dr. Sujansky is a board-certified physician who provides outstanding services to people living in or around San Mateo, California, and she specializes in personalized, preventive medicine for optimal health in addition to treating medical illness. She also serves the Burlingame and Hillsborough areas. You can contact the office by phone or online for comprehensive diabetes care.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes? 

Diabetes is a condition that arises when there’s a problem with the levels of insulin in your body. Insulin is a hormone produced in your pancreas that helps you metabolize sugars and carbohydrates in your diet. If you aren’t metabolizing sugar properly, blood glucose levels can rise enough to cause a range of potentially serious health problems.

Type 1 diabetes is a form of the condition that develops when your body destroys the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. This is typically something that happens when you’re young, and symptoms appear quite quickly.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need to take insulin therapy, but if you manage your Type 1 diabetes well, you should lead a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, at this time, there’s nothing you can do to prevent or reverse Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes develops as a result of your pancreas either not producing enough insulin, or not being able to use the insulin it’s making. Type 2 diabetes is often preventable and reversible, at least to some degree.

How does Type 2 diabetes affect me?

Complications and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney damage (nephropathy)
  • Eye damage (retinopathy)
  • Foot infections
  • Skin conditions
  • Hearing problems
  • Depression
  • Toe, foot or leg amputation

Type 2 diabetes takes months and sometimes years before it causes symptoms, and by then the damage can be irreversible. However, if you have regular checkups with Dr. Sujansky, she can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes or discover it early.

Dr. Sujansky also carries out regular screenings to detect whether you have prediabetes, which is the first stage. Prediabetes is fully reversible, and Dr. Sujansky can help you take steps to restore your blood sugar to normal levels, avoiding full diabetes.

What treatments are available for diabetes?

The crucial tool in managing diabetes and keeping blood sugar at the healthiest possible levels is lifestyle management. Type 2 diabetes typically develops when you’re overweight, you eat a diet that has too much fat and sugar, and you don’t get enough exercise. In some cases, various oral or injection medications are needed when lifestyle changes are insufficient.

Therefore, eating a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in sugar and unhealthy fats makes a significant difference. Losing excess weight and exercising regularly are also crucial to managing your blood sugar.

Most patients who have Type 2 diabetes find their health improves and they can minimize the adverse effects of diabetes with these lifestyle management techniques and appropriate medications. Dr. Sujansky works one-on-one with you to develop a lifestyle plan focused on weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise that meets your specific health needs and goals. 

She also provides ongoing support as you implement these lifestyle changes and provides goal-centered follow-ups. Finally, she helps coordinate care with other health care professionals like ophthalmologists, podiatrists, and nutritionists to create a comprehensive team to keep you healthy.

For comprehensive management of your diabetes from a physician who takes your whole health into consideration, contact Dr. Sujansky by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.