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Diabetes Specialist

Elsa L Lerro, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Elsa L Lerro, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Fresno, CA

Nearly 11% of Americans have diabetes today. When you have diabetes and face all the potential health threats that go with it, you need the right kind of medical support. At her practice in Fresno, California, Elsa L. Lerro, MD, offers personalized diabetes treatment that emphasizes education, lifestyle changes, and medication where needed. Dr. Lerro is here to help you get healthy, so call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious disease that occurs when you're unable to turn the sugar in your blood (blood glucose) into energy. When you're healthy, you make insulin, a hormone that facilitates this transition. 

When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or your insulin doesn't work (Type 2 diabetes), which leaves you with high blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes isn’t preventable, but Type 2 is. Around 95% of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes. 

High blood glucose levels can cause serious long-term damage in every part of your body, including nerve damage, vascular problems, poor healing, and other issues. Uncontrolled diabetes can be fatal. 

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

In many cases, diabetes doesn't cause clear symptoms in its early stages. But Dr. Lerro screens for diabetes during your annual wellness exams so she can diagnose the disease early. Eventually, diabetes can cause symptoms such as:

  • Slow-healing sores
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Extremity numbness
  • Extremity tingling
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Dry skin
  • Frequent infections
  • Extreme hunger and thirst

If you have any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lerro. She can check your blood glucose levels and diagnose your condition. 

What does diabetes treatment involve?

With the right approach, diabetes is manageable. Dr. Lerro offers personalized diabetes treatment after carefully assessing your individual needs. 

Diet 

To normalize your blood glucose levels, you need to make some changes in the way you eat. This usually includes reducing unhealthy carbohydrates like sugars and starches and replacing them with healthy carbs like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. 

A healthy diabetes diet avoids trans fats and saturated fats while strictly controlling sodium and cholesterol intake. If you need to lose weight, Dr. Lerro can guide you in portion control and food choices to help you do so safely. 

Exercise

Exercise is also an important part of your diabetes care. Regular exercise can help you lose extra weight and also improve your mental and whole-body wellness.

Medication

In many cases, diet and exercise can help you manage diabetes so effectively that you won’t need medication. However, Dr. Lerro prescribes proven diabetes medications when you need them to prevent long-term complications.

Diabetes treatment is a partnership between you and Dr. Lerro. With your commitment and her dedication to your wellness, you can stay healthy even after a diabetes diagnosis. Book your appointment by calling Elsa L. Lerro, MD, or clicking the online booking tool.