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Diabetes Specialist

Utah Endocrinology Associates

Located in Salt Lake City, American Fork, and South Ogden, UT

You can control your diabetes when you follow a plan that keeps your blood sugar stable. Uncontrolled high blood sugar, however, leads to many serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetic retinopathy, and peripheral neuropathy. Alireza Falahati, MD, FACE, and the team at Utah Endocrinology Associates offer comprehensive screening and treatment for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, including highly specialized testing provided on site. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices in Salt Lake City, American Fork, or Ogden, Utah.

Diabetes Q & A

What are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that develops when your immune system damages cells in the pancreas. As a result, the pancreas can’t produce insulin. Since insulin’s job is to get excess sugar out of your bloodstream, a problem with insulin results in high blood sugar.

In Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas continues to produce insulin, but not enough to keep your blood sugar normal. Additionally, patients with Type 2 diabetes develop insulin resistance, so their body can’t use the insulin that’s available.

You can develop Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes at any age. However, Type 1 diabetes most often occurs before the age of 14, while Type 2 is typically diagnosed after the age of 45.

What symptoms develop due to diabetes?

Both types of diabetes cause symptoms such as:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive hunger
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • Areas of darkened skin (in armpits and neck)

The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes typically appear quickly, while Type 2 diabetes gradually develops over many years.

How do you treat diabetes?

Dr. Falahati and the team at Utah Endocrinology Associates have extensive experience helping patients manage their diabetes. Your treatment includes:

Lifestyle changes

A balanced diet is essential for controlling blood sugar. The team helps you learn how to monitor your total carb intake and limit foods that cause a spike in blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy body weight is also a key part of diabetic treatment.

If you need to lose weight, you can count on support from the team at Utah Endocrinology Associates. Dr. Falahati’s supervised weight loss program begins by evaluating your total body composition and measuring your basal metabolic rate. By identifying your resting metabolic rate, Dr. Falahati can set precise calorie goals.

Medications

Patients with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin and regularly check their blood sugar levels. If you have Type 2 diabetes and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to normalize your blood sugar, you may need to take insulin or other medications to lower blood glucose.

Specialized testing

Uncontrolled blood sugar leads to serious health problems that don’t cause symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. Dr. Falahati offers state-of-the-art screening in the office, including:

  • SUDOSCAN® for early detection of neuropathy
  • Retina scan for early detection of diabetic eye disease
  • Ankle brachial index for early detection of peripheral artery disease 

If you need a diabetes assessment or ongoing diabetes management, call Utah Endocrinology Associates or schedule an appointment online.