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Diabetes Treatment

Steven Kamara, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Steven Kamara, MD

Primary Care Physician located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

As a specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Steven Kamara is well-versed on the current treatment options available for people living with diabetes in Los Angeles, California. His extensive training in internal medicine enables Dr. Kamara to effectively diabetics as well as various complications, such as peripheral neuropathy.

Diabetes Treatment Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that influence the way the human body utilizes glucose (sugar) for energy. Insulin acts as a key that allows just the right amount of glucose into each cell. When you have diabetes, this process doesn't work in the same way.

What are the different types of diabetes?

There are three different types of diabetes, each with a specific disease process.

  • Type-1: The body fails to produce insulin in the right quantity. The immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells and destroys them. The exact cause of this malfunction is unclear, but it usually develops in childhood.
  • Type-2 : Type-2 diabetes generally occurs later in life as the cells age and become resistant to insulin. The pancreas fights to produce enough insulin to counteract the resistance, so instead of sugar entering the cells to provide energy, it builds up the blood. There is a strong link between type-2 diabetes and obesity.
  • Gestational: This condition is associated with pregnancy. The placenta produces a hormone that can make cells resistant to insulin. The condition will resolve itself after the baby is born.

What are the treatment options for diabetes?

The doctor will tailor diabetic services around your specific needs, but the plan will include both lifestyle changes and drug therapy.

  • Diet management
  • Exercise program
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Insulin injections
  • Drug treatments like metformin

Diabetes treatment is a balancing act that takes time to master. It can also change over time, so regular medical monitoring is part of the program. 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept major PPO plans including Blue Shield, Blue Cross and CIGNA as well as United Healthcare and Medicare fees for service only. We also offer affordable options for those without insurance or for those with high deductibles required with their insurance plans. We are not on network with any HMO plans or medi-cal. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office with any questions.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
UnitedHealthcare
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield