Alla Khalfin, DO
Endocrinologists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Long Island, Syosset, NY
Monitoring your blood sugars and managing your insulin when you have diabetes can be both confusing and frightening. At her medical practice in Syosset, New York, Dr. Alla Khalfin offers comprehensive diabetes treatment and guidance to help you control your condition. Dr. Khalfin also offers accurate diagnostic services to determine if you have diabetes. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about diabetes management.
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease where your blood sugar levels are too high.
In Type I diabetes, your body doesn’t make insulin hormones necessary to control the glucose levels that come from the foods you eat. This condition is often known as insulin-dependent diabetes and often occurs in children and teens.
In Type II diabetes, the insulin you make isn’t sufficient for your body’s needs, or your body isn’t using the insulin it does make very well.
When you don’t have enough insulin, the glucose remains in your blood and can cause serious medical problems, including heart disease, kidney damage, blindness, and nerve damage. Untreated diabetes can even lead to amputations your legs.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
In the earliest stages of diabetes, you may not experience any symptoms. In fact, organ damage can occur before you show signs of having diabetes. Regardless of organ damage, though, as the condition progresses, you may experience a range of symptoms that include:
- Dry skin
- Blurry vision
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger or thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent fatigue
- Numbness in hands or feet
Through regular blood tests, Dr. Khalfin can monitor your blood glucose levels and start treatment early to prevent damage to your eyes, kidneys, and other organs.
How is diabetes diagnosed?
Dr. Khalfin reviews your medical history and examines your current symptoms. She also performs a physical exam to rule out other underlying medical conditions.
To confirm a diabetes diagnosis, Dr. Khalfin requests blood work to measure your blood glucose levels. In some cases, you may receive a prediabetes diagnosis if tests indicate that your blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to indicate diabetes.
What treatments are available to manage diabetes?
If you have Type I diabetes, Dr. Khalfin recommends daily insulin therapy using an insulin pen or syringe or insulin pump therapy.
For Type II diabetes, Dr. Khalfin may initially create a customized treatment plan that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise to control your blood sugar levels. If these methods don't affect your condition, she may prescribe oral medications or insulin injections.
Dr. Khalfin also provides guidance for at-home blood glucose testing, including continuous glucose monitoring and schedules follow-up appointments to monitor your management of diabetes.
To learn more about effective management of diabetes, schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Khalfin’s office.
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