Coho Medical Group
Internists located in Bellevue, WA
Type I and Type II Diabetes are common conditions today, and effective management is essential if the patient is to maintain good health. Coho Medical Group in Bellevue, WA is here to help.
Diabetes Q & A
What is Diabetes?
People with diabetes are not able to properly convert food into energy. A properly functioning pancreas sends insulin into the bloodstream on a regular basis. The insulin is an essential factor in processing the sugar and fat derived from food. Diabetes occurs when the body has insufficient insulin, has no insulin, or has improperly functioning insulin. Without the necessary insulin, the body is unable to deal with the sugar and fat in foods and the person can become very ill unless they have appropriate treatment. There are two different kinds of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is most often seen in people who are 30 or younger. It is often seen in children, and it was originally referred to as juvenile diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells responsible for releasing insulin. This means that the body isn't able to produce the necessary insulin, which can result in many health issues. Although type 1 diabetes is not preventable, it is controllable with the use of injectable insulin and healthy lifestyle choices recommended by the doctor.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1. People with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but their insulin does not work like it should. Type 2 diabetes often occurs in people who are overweight or obese. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with the proper lifestyle choices and medical treatment. Weight loss, regular exercise, and a healthy, long term diet may help people avoid type 2 diabetes. People who have type 2 diabetes can control their condition with good lifestyle choices and medication. The doctor may prescribe oral medication or insulin for type 2 diabetes.
At Coho Medical Group, we accept Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, First Choice and Health Net. For any patient that is seeking more hands on, long term access to a doctor, we also offer a membership service called Direct Primary Care. If you have any questions about our insurance or our pricing, please call our office at 425-458-7352 to see how we can best serve you.
Words from our patients
"This model of health care is phenomenal. If you like being treated with respect and compassion, this is a good place for you."
"Just left there, awesome care personalized to my needs, helpful staff, comfortable environment! All tests and labs done there so no need to wait!"
"Both MDs are excellent! I have worked with both of them and would trust any member of my family to their care! I can see that they are truly passionate..."
"This is an incredible service, I cannot believe how inexpensive it was to run tests and how long the doctors were willing to sit and talk with me."