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Diabetes Santa Monica, CA

The cells in your body need energy to function properly. This energy is supplied by glucose in your blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells use glucose efficiently. Glucose is also called blood sugar. Diabetes is a chronic condition that happens when glucose levels are too high.

There are two types of diabetes, both of which require treatment to control. Type 1 diabetes is the result of the pancreas not producing insulin. Even though this form of diabetes can develop at any age, it is most commonly seen in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that requires taking insulin for a lifetime.

Type 2 diabetes is more common in the general population. With this disease, your pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar at the correct level, or your body may not be using insulin well enough to stabilize glucose levels.

Treatment for type 2 diabetes does not always require insulin. This type of diabetes can often be managed with lifestyle changes. Eating healthy foods and getting enough exercise may be all that is required to treat type 2 diabetes for some individuals. Regular blood glucose testing will help monitor your progress and let you know how well you are managing your diabetes.

Know the Symptoms

Both types of diabetes share some of the same symptoms. Type 2 develops slowly, and symptoms may be missed or mistaken for another condition. Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Constant thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent hunger
  • Sores that take a long time to heal
  • Blurry eyesight

Type 1 diabetes symptoms include the above, plus you may lose weight without trying, experience dry, itchy skin and have a tingling sensation or lose feeling in your feet.

Treatment is important because diabetes can lead to serious problems. The disease can affect your heart, kidneys, nerves, eyesight, gums and teeth. Diabetes can become a life-threatening disease if left untreated.

A thorough checkup and blood test can identify if you have prediabetes or diabetes. Contact our office today to schedule an examination with Dr. Brent J. Michael.

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Our Patient Reviews

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



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