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William D. King, MD, JD, AAHIVS -  - Primary Care Physician

William D. King, MD, JD, AAHIVS

Primary Care Physician located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. King helps patients from across Los Angeles, CA, treat and live with their diabetes. With over a million diagnoses of the disease each year, it is important for people to review their lifestyles and change behaviors that increase their risk of developing the disease.

Diabetes Service Content Q&A

What is the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin. Insulin is necessary to transfer glucose from the bloodstream into the body. This form of diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5% of the people with diabetes have this form of the disease. Type 2 diabetes is much more common. In this form of the disease blood sugar levels rise to higher than normal, which is sometimes called hyperglycemia. Patients with type 2 diabetes do not use insulin properly, their pancreas’ may manufacture additional insulin to make up for the difference needed, but over time it is not able to keep up with the demand.

What are Common Risk Factors for Developing the Disease?

The risk factors for type 1 diabetes are typically related to genetics and family history. However, for type 2 diabetes, an individual's behaviors can have a huge effect on his or her likelihood of developing the disease. The common factors which can lead to pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes include:

  • Weight: Fatty tissue is more resistant to insulin
  • Inactivity: Physical activity helps to burn glucose and makes cells more sensitive to insulin
  • Family history: Risk increases if a parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes
  • Race: Hispanics, American Indians, Asians and African Americans are statistically more likely to develop the disease
  • Age: Risk increases because muscle mass decreases and weight increases as people move less

What Can I Do to Manage My Diabetes?

If you have been diagnosed recently with diabetes, your doctor will discuss a treatment plan including lifestyle changes that will help you to live with your disease. You may need to adjust your diet and take more exercise. Your doctor may prescribe medicine or regular glucose checks. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of non-starchy vegetables and taking more regular exercise will help you to lose fat and process insulin more effectively. If your physician advises regular glucose level checks, you will need to learn how to administer the checks at home. It is also essential that you attend all of your appointments with your physician and any recommended specialists to monitor your disease and overall health.


We take Medicare and most of the major PPO and HMO insurance plans.  Please call our office for more information.

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