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Kimberly Rieniets

Endocrinology-Diabetes

Dr. Kimberly Rieniets is a top ABIM board certified Endocrinologist in Lakewood, CO. With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to her specialty, Dr. Kimberly Rieniets is an expert in changing the lives of patients for the better. Through expertise in the field, Dr. Kimberly Rieniets is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in her field, Dr. Kimberly Rieniets is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life and embodies the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Lakewood, CO, Dr. Kimberly Rieniets is a true asset to her field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.

"I strive to provide the highest standard of care and compassion and uphold the Hippocratic oath (“first, do no harm”) by utilizing guidelines and medical evidence to choose safe and effective treatment. As an osteopath (DO), I adhere to the tenant of “patient heal thyself” with an emphasis on patient education and lifestyle therapies and a bias for offering the minimum necessary treatment."

West Denver Endocrinology LLC is a solo practitioner outpatient adult Endocrinology "micropractice.” Micropractices are small unconventional clinics. In lieu of support staff, computer systems or contract services are utilized to manage tasks outside of direct patient care. By operating in this way, overhead is minimized, efficiency is improved, and the physician regains time with patients. By enhancing and prioritizing the doctor-patient element, exceptional medical care that is patient centered, safe, and timely can be delivered. Dr. Rieniets' mission is to foster effective and collaborative patient-provider relationships to provide comprehensive Endocrinology care tailored to the needs of the individual."
15 years Experience
Kimberly Rieniets
  • Lakewood, CO
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Accepting new patients

Will my blood sugar levels reduce if I exercise and reduce weight?

Yes. Exercising and losing weight can help to get blood sugar in control. If you have pre-diabetes (fasting blood sugar 100 to 125 or HgbA1C 5.7% to 6.4%), trials such as the READ MORE
Yes. Exercising and losing weight can help to get blood sugar in control. If you have pre-diabetes (fasting blood sugar 100 to 125 or HgbA1C 5.7% to 6.4%), trials such as the "diabetes prevention and treatment trial" show that you can reduce your risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes by as much as 50% with lifestyle therapies such as exercise and diet. see https://professional.diabetes.org/sites/professional.diabetes.org/files/media/mather_2016.pdf

Can prediabetes numbers be managed with just diet alterations?

Diet and exercise is the best way to manage pre-diabetes, but medications can also be helpful. The largest trial examining this was the "diabetes prevention and treatment trial." READ MORE
Diet and exercise is the best way to manage pre-diabetes, but medications can also be helpful. The largest trial examining this was the "diabetes prevention and treatment trial." In this study (of >1000 individuals), diet and exercise reduced risk of progression to type 2 diabetes by 58% vs the medication metformin which reduced risk of progression to diabetes by 31% over 5 years. Bottom line is, treatment of pre-diabetes significantly reduces risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes and lifestyle therapies have a greater magnitude of effect (vs medication). I recommend that your husband follow his doctor's advise for managing pre-diabetes with diet and exercise, but medication could also be considered.