Diabetes Specialist

Bay Area Healthcare

Kashif N. Abdullah, MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician located in San Jose, CA

While there's no cure for diabetes, with proper medical management, you can lead a long, healthy, and active life. Dr. Kashif Abdullah can help you manage your disease with medication and lifestyle modifications from Bay Area Healthcare in San Jose, California. If you need help controlling your diabetes, call or book an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition in which your body isn’t able to produce insulin or process it correctly. Insulin is the hormone that takes sugar and transforms it into energy or stores it for future use. When left untreated, diabetes can have serious negative effects on your health, potentially leading to blindness, peripheral nerve disease, and amputation.

There are three types of diabetes.

Type 1

This form of diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. It’s usually diagnosed in children and teenagers. There are strong hereditary factors that contribute to your risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t use insulin correctly. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in adults and is strongly influenced by lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, weight, and age.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. Some women’s bodies don’t produce sufficient levels of insulin during pregnancy, but the issue resolves after the baby is delivered. Gestational diabetes is usually managed with diet modifications and daily monitoring of blood sugar levels.


What are symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes causes a variety of symptoms including:

  • Being very thirsty all the time
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Wounds heal slowly


What causes diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is caused when your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. In many cases, your immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas responsible for insulin production. Most studies indicate that specific genes increase your risk of viruses or other environmental factors that trigger the disease.

Type 2 diabetes is also caused by certain genetic factors, but your lifestyle choices play a much more significant role. For example, when you don’t get enough physical activity, your body doesn’t process sugar correctly. Regular exercise also helps manage your weight, another factor in the development of Type 2 diabetes.


How is diabetes treated?

Dr. Abdullah treats diabetes with a combination of lifestyle modifications and medications, customized to meet your specific needs. You will need to adjust your diet to limit sugar. Adding regular exercise to your daily routine helps your body use insulin properly and contributes to maintaining a healthy weight, which makes it easier for your body to function correctly.

You may need to take additional insulin, usually in an injection that you’ll learn to give yourself every day. Dr. Abdullah may prescribe other medications to help regulate your insulin levels. You also learn to test your blood sugar levels daily to monitor your health.

If you have concerns about diabetes, call or schedule an appointment online today.