Diabetes Specialist

Andrea Pérez, DO -  - Family Medicine

Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC

Andrea Pérez, DO

Family Medicine serving the areas of West Farms, Parkchester, Morris Park, Castle Hill, Baychester, & The Bronx, NY

It’s estimated that two million people in New York State have diabetes, and more than one-quarter of those people don’t even know it. Andrea Perez, DO, at Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, serving the Bronx, West Farms, and Parkchester neighborhoods of New York City, specializes in the management of diabetes for New Yorkers and takes a holistic approach to care. For expert medical care, call the office, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects your body’s ability to get glucose from your blood into your cells for energy. Glucose is your body’s preferred source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas that helps get the glucose from your blood into your cells.

If you have diabetes, it’s most often due to an issue with your insulin, which determines the type of diabetes you have.

  • Type 1 diabetes: Your pancreas isn’t making insulin.
  • Type 2 diabetes: Your body isn’t properly using the insulin you do make.

Gestational diabetes is also a type of diabetes that occurs in some women during pregnancy and is managed by your OB/GYN. Although gestational diabetes usually resolves after pregnancy, it can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 and usually affects middle-aged and older adults.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms of diabetes vary depending on the type. People with Type 1 diabetes tend to develop symptoms quickly, while people with Type 2 diabetes may not associate their symptoms with an illness.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Increase in thirst and hunger
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling in your fingers or toes

Dr. Perez can easily determine if your symptoms are related to diabetes with a blood test. However, she may be able to help you prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes by monitoring you and your health at your annual wellness visit.

How can I manage my diabetes?

Dr. Perez takes a holistic approach to medical care and may use a combination of treatments to help you get your blood sugar under control. Treatment may include:

  • Diet change
  • Regular exercise
  • Medication

She will also teach you how to monitor your blood sugar at home so you can monitor the effectiveness of treatment.

What are diabetes-related complications?

Diabetes treatment is aimed at preventing other health issues. Diabetes-related complications include:

  • Kidney and heart disease
  • Blurry vision
  • Neuropathy
  • Foot problems

Dr. Perez is a holistic practitioner who treats your entire health, not just your diabetes. When you come in for an examination, she will check your eyes, feet, and kidneys to provide the best assessment.

To monitor kidney health, Dr. Perez offers an in-office renal artery ultrasound, which is a noninvasive test that creates images of the blood flow into your kidneys.

For expert medical care, call Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC today, or book an appointment online.