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Diabetes Specialist

Jeffery Tun, MD

Primary Care Physician located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Forest Hills, NY

Diabetes disturbs your glucose levels -- otherwise known as your blood sugar levels -- increasing your risk of blindness and kidney failure. But, with Jeffery Tun, MD, managing your diabetic care, you can expect fewer complications and to live a healthier life. Dr. Tun provides a modern approach to diabetes diagnosis and management for his patients in Midtown East, Manhattan and Forest Hills, Queens, complete with optimized insulin control, vital health screenings, and lifestyle consulting. Call the New York City offices today or request an appointment online.

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 your immune system attacks and kills healthy insulin-producing pancreatic cells. When the insulin-producing cells are destroyed, your body has trouble managing the levels of glucose that allow effective functioning.

When your 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, anyone can develop this condition.

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, those at risk must 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. Tun will conduct a simple blood glucose test to diagnose diabetes. After diagnosing diabetes, Dr. Tun 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. Tun regularly for checkups and glucose testing is one of the best ways to limit your risk for diabetes. To schedule a diabetes-related appointment with Dr. Tun, call the office or book online today.