Diabetes Specialist

Vigel M. Varkey, MD

Internal Medicine Provider & Medical Aesthetics Specialist located in New Port Richey, FL

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to complications, including heart disease and blindness, but with careful management, you can lead a healthy and active life. Vigel M. Varkey, MD, offers customized diabetes management services at his practice, Vigel Varkey, M.D. in New Port Richey, Florida. If you have diabetes or are concerned about your risk of developing this disease, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Varkey today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body produces or uses insulin. Insulin is a chemical your pancreas produces that converts glucose into energy. Diabetes causes a variety of symptoms including:

  • Excessive thirst and frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained changes in weight
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness in your extremities

There are two main kinds of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease, only representing around 5% of diagnoses. Type 1 diabetes affects your body’s ability to produce insulin. It’s typically diagnosed in childhood and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes affects your body’s ability to use insulin properly and is usually diagnosed in adulthood. When your body doesn’t process insulin correctly, your blood sugar (glucose) levels increase and your pancreas produces even more insulin, which is unsustainable in the long term and can lead to organ failure.

What causes diabetes?

The exact cause of diabetes is unknown, but researchers believe that Type 1 diabetes stems from a hereditary immunologic disorder that causes your immune system to target and destroy the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Type 2 diabetes also has a hereditary factor, but your lifestyle can lead to the development of the disease. For example, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle and eat food high in sugar, you can overload your body’s ability to process sugar correctly.

How is diabetes diagnosed?

If you experience any of the symptoms associated with diabetes, make an appointment with Dr. Varkey. He talks to you about your symptoms and orders blood work to measure your glucose levels both with fasting and without.

How do you treat diabetes?

There is no cure for diabetes, but Dr. Varkey offers customized diabetes management treatments to help you manage your disease. Lifestyle modifications are an important part of diabetes management. You need to adjust your diet to remove excess sugars and refined carbohydrates and add more vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

It’s also important to add physical activity to your daily routine. Even a 30-minute walk after lunch or dinner can improve your body’s ability to process insulin and convert glucose to energy.

Dr. Varkey may also prescribe medications to help control your insulin and blood sugar levels. Many people with Type 1 diabetes must inject themselves with insulin every day.

If you’re concerned about diabetes, call or make an appointment online today.