Diabetes Specialist

Montecristo Medical Group

Anita E. Gonzalez, MD

General Practitioner & Pediatrician located in Van Nuys, CA

More than 100 million Americans suffer from diabetes or prediabetes — and that number is climbing. Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to life-altering consequences if left untreated. At her office in Van Nuys, California, Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, tests and treats diabetes and also educates you on how to manage your condition and its symptoms. To learn more about personalized diabetes treatments at Montecristo Medical Group, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects your body’s ability to convert glucose into energy. 

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that your body uses to convert sugar to energy, but if you have diabetes, your body can’t make or use this hormone as it should. Over time, sugar accumulates in your bloodstream and can lead to a number of symptoms, such as:

  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakened immune system

If your blood sugar is high but you’re not yet at a diabetic level, you’re said to have prediabetes. If you don’t take action at this point and let your condition become more serious, you can develop full-blown diabetes.

What are the different types of diabetes?

Once you have progressed past a prediabetic stage, you can develop two main types of diabetes. Both types are due to a problem with insulin and are known as:

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. As a result, you don’t have sufficient insulin to convert glucose into energy. 

Type 2 diabetes

Patients with Type 2 diabetes develop a resistance to insulin and can’t use the hormone even if their body is making it. Your body tries to correct this by producing even more insulin, but over time, your blood sugar levels rise to dangerous levels and you develop diabetes.

Some women also develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, which is thought to be caused by extreme hormonal changes. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after giving birth, but women who’ve had it are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.

How do you treat diabetes?

There’s no cure for diabetes but the disease is very treatable. Dr. Gonzalez develops a personalized treatment plan for each patient that addresses your particular symptoms and takes your lifestyle into account.

If you have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Dr. Gonzalez prescribes insulin injections along with a number of suggested lifestyle changes. Patients with Type 2 diabetes may also require insulin injections but often lifestyle changes are enough to bring their condition under control.

Dr. Gonzalez may suggest lifestyle changes that include modifying your diet, exercising more, and closely monitoring your blood sugar and insulin levels. She can also prescribe medication if your symptoms are particularly severe.

Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment for a diabetes evaluation today.