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Diabetes Specialist

Complete Medicine

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialist & Lifestyle Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

Texas is in the midst of a diabetes crisis, with more than 2.8 million adults in the state diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes affects your physical, emotional, and financial health. To help you gain control over your diabetes, Arti Thangudu, MD, at Complete Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, takes a lifestyle-focused approach to diabetes care aimed at preventing, treating, and reversing diabetes. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes causes your blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. The sugar in your blood comes from the food you eat, your liver, and hormones. Insulin, a hormone made in your pancreas, helps transport the sugar from your blood into the cells. In many patients with diabetes, insulin does not function properly leading to high blood sugars and weight gain. 

You develop diabetes due to problems related to your pancreas, and the specific issues determine your diabetes type.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which your body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. With Type 1 diabetes, you must take insulin injections to survive.

Type 2 diabetes

With Type 2 diabetes, you don’t have enough insulin or the insulin you do have can’t properly transport the sugar from your blood into your cells. 

With both types, the excess sugar in your blood damages your blood vessels and organs over time, increasing your risk of developing more serious health conditions, such as heart disease, retinopathy, and neuropathy. Diabetes is also a risk factor for high cholesterol. 

What can I expect during a diabetes consultation?

At Complete Medicine, you can expect a comprehensive, patient-focused evaluation when you come in for your diabetes care. The membership-based practice doesn’t accept health insurance, which provides Dr. Thangudu the freedom to spend the amount of time needed to fully understand your health story, as well as provide the education and coaching you need to support your health goals. 

During your initial 60-minute consultation, Dr. Thangudu reviews your medical history, current issues, and individual goals. Based on the information gathered during your consultation, she develops your individualized diabetes treatment plan. 

How is diabetes managed?

Dr. Thangudu uses a lifestyle-focused approach in her treatment of diabetes, which empowers you to take control of your disease and even reduce your medications and your risk of health complications. Your lifestyle treatment plan is an evidenced-based program that includes:

  • Diet therapy
  • Exercise program
  • Continuous blood glucose monitoring
  • Remote monitoring
  • Frequent follow up 
  • Stress management
  • Sleep program

To help you better understand the role lifestyle plays in the management of your diabetes, Dr. Thangudu uses continuous blood glucose monitoring with advanced technology such as FreeStyle Libre and Dexcom G6 CGM System that provides superior care and outcomes. She offers continued follow-up health coaching that helps you stay in control of your health and provides the encouragement you need to meet your health goals.

For patients requiring insulin for the management of their diabetes, Dr. Thangudu may recommend an insulin pump to improve blood sugar levels, such as Tandem® Control-IQ™ technology, MiniMed™ 670G Insulin Pump System, or the Omnipod® platform for adults.   

Your health coaching follow-up appointments can be done by phone, video chat, email, text, or in person, based on your specific needs. Together, you and Dr. Thangudu determine the frequency of your follow-up appointments. However, she always makes herself fully available to all her member patients by phone, text, or email.

With her lifestyle approach, which may include a plant-based diet, Dr. Thangudu has helped many patients reverse their diabetes and improve their health. 

To learn more about Dr. Thangudu’s lifestyle approach for the prevention, treatment, and even reversal of diabetes, call Complete Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.