More than a million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year, and about one-quarter of seniors over age 65 have the condition. Dr. Cluny Lefevre and Dr. Joseph Ahram at Night and Day Medical in the Midtown East and Washington Heights neighborhoods of New York City, are experienced in diagnosing and treating diabetes to help you avoid the serious health complications of this chronic disease. If left untreated, diabetes can become life-threatening. Don’t wait to get the medical attention you need to get diabetes under control. Call one of the offices in Manhattan, or schedule an appointment online.
Diabetes is a disease involving the way your body processes blood sugar, which is also called glucose. Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells accept blood sugar. When your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin well, then you cannot process the glucose effectively, and the glucose level in your blood becomes too high.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. With Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin. For those with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, your body doesn’t make or use insulin as it should. Your cells need glucose for energy, but if your body can’t get the glucose into your cells, you end up with excess sugar in your blood.
You can also have prediabetes, which means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but still within an acceptable range. If left untreated, prediabetes can put you at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes down the road.
Depending on the severity of your condition, or the level of your blood sugar, your symptoms may include any of the following:
Your risk of developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes increases as you age. People of certain races are also at a higher risk, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and people of Native American descent.
Other risk factors may give you an increased chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, including:
Women who had gestational diabetes while they were pregnant may also be at a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
You may need to monitor your blood sugar, take oral medications, or rely on insulin to help keep your symptoms in check. An important factor in managing all types of diabetes is following a healthy diet and good exercise habits. The doctors at Night and Day Medical work with you to create an individual healthy nutrition and lifestyle plan that you can live with and benefit from over the long term.
Learn more about treatment options for diabetes by calling one of the offices, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.