Diabetes Specialist

Chaula Patel, MD

Medical Spa located in Bronx, NY

Dr. Chaula Patel is concerned that many people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have the disease until it causes a serious health problem. Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable, so don’t wait to contact Dr. Patel in Bronx, New York. She offers comprehensive diabetes management services, including screening, preventive care, treatment, and education about diet and exercise.

Diabetes Q & A

Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels get too high because your body can’t use insulin properly. You can prevent type 2 diabetes by eliminating the risk factors that increase your chances for developing it. Prevention is well worth the effort because after type 2 diabetes develops, you’ll have to spend the rest of your life managing blood sugar to avoid serious health problems.

If you have any of these health issues, you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes:

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Unhealthy diet with too much added sugar
  • Physical inactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood levels of triglycerides
  • Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome

What health problems develop if you don’t control diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes, and all the health problems it can create, develop gradually. That’s good because you have time to prevent them. But on the flip side, diseases that build over time tend to have few symptoms, so you don’t know they’re a problem until they start to damage your body. Once you have diabetes, it significantly increases the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Nerve damage, especially in feet and eyes
  • Skin infections
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Adults with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to die from heart disease than people who don’t have diabetes. Nerve damage from diabetes can lead to blindness and poor circulation in the feet, sometimes leading to amputation. Diabetes is one of the top causes of kidney failure, yet you can prevent the kidney disease by controlling blood sugar.

How does Dr. Patel treat type 2 diabetes?

Treatment for type 2 diabetes always begins with a holistic approach focusing on diet and exercise. You may need medication to keep blood sugar levels normal, but with or without medication, it’s vital to maintain a healthy weight and to follow a diet that keeps blood sugar balanced.

Dr. Patel will work with you to create a lifestyle plan that meets your needs. You’ll learn about foods to avoid, such as carbs, desserts, and sweetened beverages that send blood sugar soaring. You’ll also learn how to make good choices that provide all the essential nutrients and how to set a good calorie goal to lose or maintain weight. Exercise is important, not only to help you lose weight and stay healthy, but also because exercise alone may lower blood sugar.

Changing your lifestyle is never easy, which is why Dr. Patel offers a comprehensive weight management program. She’s dedicating to helping you meet your goals with ongoing advice and support.