Diabetes Specialist


Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

Living life with diabetes can be frightening and confusing. Without good management of your condition, your quality of life can deteriorate, and you may develop other serious health issues. For some, diabetes can be life-threatening. At Premium Healthcare in Downers Grove and Crest Hill, Illinois, Dr. Jose Rivera Guerrero and Dr. Cristina Perez offer comprehensive diagnostic and diabetes management services to protect your health. From blood monitoring to healthy eating plans, they provide you with the guidance you need to live a full and happy life. Learn more about managing your diabetes by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting how your body utilizes the glucose, or sugar, it gets from the food you eat. This glucose provides your brain with the fuel it needs to function and gives your cells the energy necessary to develop tissues and muscles.

There are two primary types of diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin, which it needs to control the glucose levels in your blood. Those with Type 1 diabetes often receive their diagnosis in childhood or as a young adult.

In Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to control blood sugar, or it doesn’t effectively utilize the insulin it has. When your blood sugar levels rise too high, it can lead to serious health complications, including death.

You may also receive a prediabetes diagnosis that indicates your blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. For some pregnant women, gestational diabetes can develop due to hormonal changes and often resolves on its own after the delivery of the baby.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Not everyone experiences symptoms of diabetes, especially with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes can develop rapidly and be more severe than in Type 2.

Common symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination
  • Persistent thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Wounds that heal slowly

If you have diabetes, you may also develop frequent infections, especially on the skin or in your gums. For women, frequent vaginal infections can also occur.

A blood test is necessary to confirm a diagnosis of diabetes and rule out other medical conditions.

What treatments are available for diabetes?

Dr. Guerrero and Dr. Perez create a custom treatment plan to manage your diabetes.

Treatment for Type 1 diabetes requires daily doses of insulin and regular blood sugar monitoring.

For prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Guerrero and Dr. Perez may initially recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to control your diabetes. They provide you with a regimen for healthy eating and sufficient exercise to help you manage your blood sugar levels without insulin.

With Type 2 diabetes, you also need to monitor your blood sugars daily. If your doctor feels insulin therapy will better control your condition, you may need to take injections or oral medications.

To learn more about diabetes management, book an appointment online or by phone.