East Side Primary Medical Care
Daniel P. Klein, MD, FACP
Primary Care & Concierge Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY
Living with diabetes can affect your ability to enjoy life to the fullest. But, with the right tools for diabetes care, it’s possible to improve your daily life. At East Side Primary Medical Care, Daniel Klein, MD, FACP, offers top-quality diabetes screening, prevention and treatments to help you find a path back to optimal health. To schedule an appointment for diabetes care, call the office in Upper East Side, New York, or book online today.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Insulin is a hormone that plays a critical role in converting food into energy.
After you eat something, the food breaks down into glucose (a source of energy for your body). With enough insulin, it allows your body to break down glucose and provide energy to your cells.
However, with diabetes, your body is either unable to produce enough insulin or can’t make proper use of the insulin.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which your body mistakenly attacks healthy pancreas cells, preventing adequate insulin production. Most people with this type of diabetes need supplemental insulin to function properly.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which you cannot make proper use of insulin and experience fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Most people with diabetes have Type 2, which is closely linked to carrying excess weight or an unhealthy lifestyle.
Pregnant women can also develop gestational diabetes (a condition that usually resolves after childbirth). Women who experience gestational diabetes will carry an elevated risk for Type 2 diabetes for the rest of their lives.
What are the health risks associated with diabetes?
Diabetes makes it hard for your cells to get the energy they need to thrive. This can also cause many health problems, which can negatively impact your quality of life.
Some health issues that can develop in people with diabetes include:
- Heart disease
- Kidney damage
- Foot problems
- Eye disease
- Skin conditions
- Sexual dysfunction
These are just a few of the potential complications that can develop in people with diabetes, but it may include other complications as well.
Are there treatments that can help with diabetes?
Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to treat diabetes. At East Side Primary Medical Care, Dr. Klein works closely with you to find the right diabetes care plan for your specific needs.
Supplemental insulin is a common treatment for diabetes and helps the glucose enter your cells, where it fuels all kinds of bodily functions.
On the other hand, medications might play a role in treating your diabetes. Some medications can prompt your pancreas to produce additional insulin, while others change the way your liver converts food into glucose. There are medications that increase sensitivity to insulin and options that prevent your kidneys from removing excess glucose from your blood.
In addition, lifestyle modifications can go a long way toward improving diabetes. Dr. Klein can help you find ways to improve your nutrition and get more exercise into your daily routine, both of which can help you lose excess pounds and better control your blood sugar.
To schedule an appointment for diabetes care, call the East Side Primary Medical Care office in Upper East Side, New York, or book online today.