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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 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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