Diabetes Specialist

Rita Koshinski, DO

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician located in Monterey, CA

More than 2 million adults in California have been diagnosed with diabetes, and another 13 million residents are either at risk for developing the condition or have undiagnosed diabetes. Dr. Rita Koshinski at Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, provides comprehensive management of diabetes, including alternative approaches. If you need help managing your blood sugar or have concerns about diabetes, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that’s diagnosed after a blood test shows that your blood sugar levels, also known as blood glucose, are too high. In many cases, you may need more than one blood test for a formal diagnosis.

When you eat food, your body turns that food into energy in the form of glucose. Insulin, a hormone made in your pancreas, transports the glucose from your bloodstream into your cells to supply the energy. If you have diabetes, the glucose can’t get into the cells because either you don’t make enough insulin, referred to as Type 1 diabetes, or your body can’t properly use the insulin it does make, referred to as Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1.

How do I know if I have diabetes?

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Extreme hunger and thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Tingling in your fingers or toes
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue

These symptoms may occur gradually over a long period of time such that it’s hard to notice them. To stay on top of your health, it’s important to visit Dr. Koshinski annually for a checkup and blood test.

How can I improve my blood sugar?

Diabetes may be a chronic condition, but you can improve your blood sugar and prevent diabetes-related complications with the help of Dr. Koshinski and her team. As a holistic practitioner, Dr. Koshinski may first recommend you make lifestyle changes to help bring your blood sugar levels down, including:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Losing weight

Making these changes may be all you need to do to improve your blood sugar. However, if your levels remain elevated, Dr. Koshinski may prescribe medication.

Do I need to eat special food if I have diabetes?

Diet plays a very important role in the management of diabetes, but you don’t need to eat special foods. The diet recommended if you have diabetes is the same diet everyone should be eating to maintain their overall good health.

However, to keep blood sugar levels under control, you need to be mindful of foods that raise blood sugar, which includes carbohydrate-containing foods such as fruits, grains, beans, and milk. You don’t need to avoid these foods, but control the amount you eat at each meal.

For management of your diabetes, call Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.