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Diabetes Screening & Prevention Santa Monica, CA

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that cannot be prevented, but it is not the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and to a large extent, it can be prevented with preventive health care services. With a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet, regular exercise and no smoking, your risk for diabetes decreases dramatically.

Screening for diabetes is vital, especially for those who are at a higher risk for the disease. Over 30% of people who have diabetes are unaware that they have it. This is why screening for diabetes is necessary. It is important to get it under control and develop a plan to manage it if you are found to have it.

When diabetes is left untreated, you run the risk of developing additional serious health problems. Blood pressure can reach dangerously high levels, causing harmful complications. These include kidney failure, blindness, amputations and heart disease.

Are You at Risk?

According to the American Diabetes Association, people over the age of 45 should be screened for diabetes. Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels should also get screened, as these are risk factors for the disease. Other risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of diabetes or high blood sugar
  • Previous high blood sugar
  • Prediabetes
  • A history of gestational diabetes

The Screening Process

The process used for diabetes screening is simple and can be done in one appointment. Blood tests are administered to check your blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels, glycated hemoglobin and other measures. You may be required to fast in order to get accurate readings for your blood sugar and cholesterol tests.

If testing shows no indication of diabetes, you will not need screening for a few years. If the results are positive, your doctor may advise another fasting plasma glucose test to confirm the results. If the test is positive a second time, lifestyle changes and/or medicinal treatment will begin to help you manage your blood sugar.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 25 reviews

Ashly Tucker

I've interacted with Dr. Michael and his staff on several occasions and they have all been nothing but pleasant! Keep up the good work guys! I'll be sending anyone I know who needs a Dr. in Santa Monica your way!

Dolores Niece

Dr. Michael is a brilliant, compassionate doctor who listens and cares for his patient. I have never experienced this quality of medical care anywhere. The staff was very accommodating and made me feel very comfortable. He is the best family physician that we have ever had.

Greg Kove

Dr. Michael is not your average doctor. I feel fortunate to have enjoyed Dr. Michael as my primary GP for over 6 years and have found him to be extremely trustworthy, personable, knowledgeable, honest, thorough, compassionate and non-judgmental. He takes the time to talk to you and to listen to all of your concerns. Dr. Michael is someone you can talk with and he really cares about each one of his patients. He listens and provides suggestions. A patient couldn't ask for a more caring physician than Dr. Michael. The entire office staff is extremely friendly, personable and accommodating. Dr. Michael is a great doctor, mentor and friend. I'm glad I have him as my primary care provider! I am forever grateful to Dr. Michael and strongly recommend him to anyone who desires personalized care.

Gini Holtzman

Dr. Michael takes time to listen, diagnose, and prescribe the best treatment possible. He made me feel comfortable talking to him about all of my health concerns and I left my appointment with answers to all of my questions. Dr Michael really understood what I was feeling both emotionally and physically and communicated that understanding to me.

Jose Hernandez

Dr. Michaels is easy to talk to, down-to-earth as well as smart and competent. It feels more like you’re getting good advice from a personal friend who is also a licensed physician. I have been recommending him to friends and family for years now and with absolutely no complaints. He is always able to fit me into his schedule and help me as promptly as possible. I haven’t had to wait more than twenty minutes after checking in to see him. He is very knowledgeable and polite and is willing to answer all of my questions without being rude or cold.

Alex D.

Dr. Michael is very friendly and easy to talk to. His staff is great and his nurse was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t catch her name but she was quick, very efficient and friendly! I will definitely be sticking around with this doc for as long as I can

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM