Diabetes

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD

Internal Medicine located in Port Chester, NY

Diabetes disturbs your glucose levels -- otherwise known as your blood sugar levels -- increasing your risk of blindness and kidney failure. But, with Jonathan A. Herbst, MD managing your diabetic care, you can expect fewer complications and live a healthier life. Dr. Herbst provides this type of care in the Port Chester, New York area with optimized insulin control, vital health screenings, and lifestyle consulting.

Diabetes Q & A

What causes diabetes?

It depends on whether you have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

In the case of Type 1 diabetes, your immune system is responsible. It’s an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and kills healthy insulin-producing pancreatic cells. When the insulin-producing cells are destroyed, the body has trouble managing the levels of glucose that allow effective functioning.

When the body struggles to manage and control its glucose, that causes Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is most common in patients who are overweight or obese and is more frequently developed by adults; however, Dr. Herbst also sees pediatric diabetes.

What symptoms and conditions are associated with diabetes?

Symptoms of each type of diabetes vary and can be difficult to identify in the early stages. Because of this, it's necessary for those at risk to have an annual exam with regular glucose testing. When symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent Urination
  • Itchy skin
  • Slow-to-heal sores
  • Nerve symptoms like numbness or shooting pains, especially in the feet

Diabetes can also cause dangerous and potentially fatal complications, including kidney failure, blindness, and even nerve damage leading to limb amputation.

How is diabetes diagnosed and treated?

During your annual exam, Dr. Herbst will conduct a simple blood glucose test to diagnose diabetes. After diagnosing diabetes, Dr. Herbst will create a treatment plan that includes insulin and lifestyle changes.

Keeping blood sugar levels in a normal range often means implementing healthier lifestyle choices, dietary adjustments to lose excess weight, being physically active, limiting alcohol consumption, and using insulin as needed.

Seeing Dr. Herbst on a regular basis for checkups and glucose testing is one of the best ways to limit your risk for diabetes. Call or request an appointment online so that Dr. Herbst can guide you through a healthier lifestyle.