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Diabetes Specialist

Rakesh Chugh, MD

Internal Medicine located in Tinley Park, IL

When you have diabetes, it’s important to manage it so that you lower your risk of complications, such as nerve damage, vision loss, and heart problems. That involves keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range and adopting a healthy lifestyle overall. Rakesh Chugh, MD provides treatment, including nutritional advice, for adults in Tinley Park, Illinois who have diabetes.

Diabetes Q & A

What are the common symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes causes a broad range of symptoms, but some of these occur more often than others. If you have type 2 diabetes, which is becoming more common, you might have some of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling hungrier or thirstier more often
  • Urinating frequently
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Mood changes, including irritability
  • Vision changes, such as blurry vision
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent infections
  • Slowly healing wounds

Why do I have diabetes?

Having type 2 diabetes means that the insulin your pancreas produces has difficulty transporting blood glucose to your cells. Your cells need this glucose for energy, so you’re likely to feel fatigued. Your body might draw on fat stores for energy instead, leading to unexplained weight loss. Since glucose isn’t moving into your cells, it ends up accumulating in your bloodstream.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

You might have an increased chance of having diabetes if you have certain risk factors. If you’re having symptoms of diabetes or if you have one or more risk factors, Dr. Chugh will run tests to see if you have this disease. These risk factors include the following:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Gestational diabetes

Keep in mind that your risk of having diabetes increases as you age, so it’s important to catch this disease as early as possible for prompt management.

What happens if I don’t manage diabetes?

If you don’t keep your blood glucose levels under control, you can end up having serious damage to different parts of your body. Your risk of developing heart problems and other cardiovascular issues increases when you have consistently high blood glucose levels. You can also get permanent nerve damage, especially in your feet, which makes you more vulnerable to developing severe infections. Uncontrolled diabetes also raises your risk of having permanent vision loss and kidney damage.

How should I manage diabetes?

Dr. Chugh will provide you with ways to keep your blood glucose levels under control. That involves measuring your blood glucose on a regular basis and using insulin to bring these levels down. Dr. Chugh will also talk to you about living a healthy lifestyle, including making good nutritional choices and exercising often.

If you need treatment for diabetes, please contact Rakesh Chugh, MD to schedule an appointment.