Diabetes Specialist

Sungwook Steven Kim, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Brighton Family Medicine

Sungwook Steven Kim, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine located in Henderson, NV

The number of American adults who received a diabetes diagnosis has more than tripled in the last twenty years, but millions have the disease and go undiagnosed. Brighton Family Medicine's owner and founder, Sungwook Steven Kim, MD, looks for diabetes risk factors and helps you manage it safely before it causes severe and chronic health problems. Call or click to schedule your comprehensive diabetes screening with Dr. Kim in Henderson, Nevada today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the way your body turns food into energy.

A healthy human body gets glucose, or sugar, from food. Your body also creates insulin, which helps your cells turn sugar into energy. People with diabetes don’t make of use insulin efficiently, causing too much glucose to accumulate in their blood.

There are four types of diabetes and diabetes-related conditions:

Gestational diabetes

People with prediabetes have blood sugar that is higher than average, but not in the type 2 diabetes range. Patients can manage it with weight loss and a healthy diet.

Prediabetes

People with prediabetes have blood sugar that is higher than normal, but not in the type 2 diabetes range. This is usually managed with weight loss and a healthy diet.

Type 1 Diabetes

This type is most common in children and teens, requiring insulin injections daily for life.

Type 2 Diabetes

This is the most common type of diabetes. Implementing lifestyle changes, insulin injections, and using prescribed medications helps manage it.

Am I at risk for diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and comes with few risk factors. Type 2 diabetes has more recognizable risk factors including:

  • Excess weight
  • An immediate family member with the disease
  • Lack of physical activity
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Age 45 or older

How is diabetes treated?

Dr. Kim conducts a physical exam and reviews your overall health and concerning symptoms to determine if you have diabetes.

For example, he looks for ongoing thirst, frequent urination, and numbness in the hands and feet. He further confirms your diabetes diagnosis with blood work before creating your treatment plan.

After receiving a diagnosis, you start managing your diabetes. Here are some of the steps you have to take:

  • Eat fiber-rich foods to minimize blood sugar spikes
  • Lose extra pounds to help your body use insulin more efficiently
  • Commit to regular aerobic exercise and strength training
  • Inject insulin through a pen, syringe, or pump daily
  • Use oral prescription medications to lower blood sugar

By taking these steps, you can lead a vibrant and healthy life. Call or go online today to schedule your diabetes screening with Dr. Kim at Brighton Family Medical in Henderson, Nevada.