Diabetes Specialist
Diabetes can cause patients to have a number of health issues, including serious heart problems in some cases. Patients who have symptoms of diabetes need to be seen by an experienced cardiologist like Dr. Rany Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors in New York City as soon as possible. Diabetes can be managed very effectively with the right medical help.

Diabetes Q & A

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the pancreas doesn't create sufficient insulin or creates insulin that doesn't work correctly. Insulin is necessary for the proper processing of sugar and fat in the diet. If a patient has diabetes, they can't process sugar and fat the right way, and they may have a number of severe health problems. Although diabetes can't be cured, it can be handled efficiently with the help of Dr. Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors.

How are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes different?

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood, and in fact, was previously called juvenile diabetes. This kind of diabetes may be passed down through families. Type 2 diabetes is most often diagnosed in adults who have risk factors that are largely controllable, meaning that Type 2 diabetes is avoidable. Whether it's Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, if left untreated, this disease can cause serious health issues, including:

  • Heart damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Vision problems
  • Kidney damage

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

The most common Type 1 diabetes symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination frequency
  • Blurry vision
  • Weight loss when not trying to lose weight

Type 2 diabetes develops more slowly, so symptoms may not occur until the disease is quite developed. Some of the signs of Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Slow-healing wounds
  • High thirst levels
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased urination frequency
  • Excessive hunger
  • Chronic fatigue

What is the treatment for diabetes?

The treatment for diabetes is tailored to the specific patient. A combination approach works best. Patients usually need to make some lifestyle changes, including:

  • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Starting a regular exercise routine
  • Quitting smoking

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes usually respond well to medication. Type 1 diabetes requires injected insulin or an insulin pump in most cases. Type 2 diabetes requires oral medication in most cases, but in more advanced stages of Type 2 diabetes, the patient may need insulin injections or insulin pumps.

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