Diabetes

Shawn Hamilton, MD

Internists located in Irvine, CA

Over 30 million US adults have diabetes, and, unfortunately, one in four don’t know they have it. Shawn Hamilton, MD, has extensive experience in diagnosing and helping men and women live with Type I and Type II diabetes. Her practice in Irvine, California, can help you achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce the symptoms of diabetes. To learn more, call her office or schedule an appointment online today to learn if you are at risk.

Diabetes Q & A

Shawn Hamilton, MD

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-lasting disease that changes the way your body reacts to and processes food. Normally, your body breaks down food into sugar that is then released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas is the interceptor of this blood sugar. It creates a hormone called insulin that unlocks your body’s cells to let the sugar become fuel your body.

When you have diabetes, your pancreas suffers. It no longer produces an adequate amount of insulin or strong enough insulin to transfer the blood sugar into the body’s cells. Because the insulin isn’t strong enough to carry the blood sugar, it stays in your bloodstream. This can cause a myriad of health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Loss of vision
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure


Diabetes affects each body in different ways, and for some, it can cause severe complications if not treated or monitored correctly.

What are the Different Types of Diabetes?

There are three primary forms of diabetes. Each address how insulin is used and how it acts in your body.

  1. Type I Diabetes: This form of diabetes is found in those who have an autoimmune reaction, which causes the body to attack itself by mistake. This causes the body from producing insulin altogether.
  2. Type II Diabetes: This is the most common form of diabetes. With Type II diabetes, your body isn’t able to use insulin to its full potential, causing blood sugar levels to fluctuate and harm the body.
  3. Gastrointestinal Diabetes: This type of diabetes is found in pregnant women. In most cases, gastrointestinal diabetes goes away after childbirth, but it may be more likely for the woman to get Type II in the future.

 

How Do I Know if I am Diabetic?

In some cases, those affected by diabetes may have symptoms of frequent hunger, thirst, and urination.  They may also have some unexplained weight changes. This can make it hard to know if you are at risk or if you have the disease.

One of the ways to know if you have diabetes is to see Dr. Hamilton regularly. She will perform routine tests to check your blood pressure and blood glucose levels. If the numbers come back high or unusual, you may be at risk for diabetes.

Is There a Cure for Diabetes?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes, but there are ways to maintain normal sugar with medication or with intensive lifestyle changes without medication.  Dr. Hamilton offers concierge health coaching services to help you improve your lifestyle and hold you accountable for your lifestyle choices. There are even ways you can prevent diabetes from affecting you and your family through lifestyle changes. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy habits will keep your body working at its best. Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising can help you prevent diabetes and help your body produce and use insulin in the most effective ways.

If you or a loved one think you have diabetes or if you have been previously diagnosed and need help controlling it, Dr. Hamilton can help. Call or schedule an appointment online today.