Diabetes Specialist

Elk Medical

Saka Kazeem, MD

Endocrinology located in Brooklyn, NY

Diabetes can lead to severe health complications, including foot and eye problems, nerve damage, and heart disease. Left untreated, diabetes can cause stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure. Saka Kazeem, MD, and his professional team at Elk Medical design advanced diabetes management plans that help restore your health and vitality and prevent dangerous medical conditions. Serving the community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in New York City, Elk medical also offers diabetes prevention and wellness programs. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or make an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

When you eat, the sugar from your diet becomes glucose (blood sugar). Normally, your pancreas produces insulin, which transports blood sugar to your cells to provide you with energy. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or it can’t use the insulin properly, causing high levels of glucose to remain in your blood.

The most common types of diabetes are:

Type 1

This autoimmune condition, which typically arises during childhood, affects the ability of your pancreas to produce enough insulin. Patients with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to prevent life-threatening complications.

Type 2

An acquired disease, Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body can’t use the insulin produced by your pancreas. Over time, Type 2 diabetes can affect how your body regulates the production of insulin.

What causes diabetes?

The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes isn’t fully understood. Genetics, certain viral illnesses, and environmental factors could contribute to the condition.

Type 2 diabetes usually begins with a condition called prediabetes in which your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, causing excess glucose to build up in your blood. Prediabetes can be reversed, but once you develop full-blown diabetes, your condition can no longer be cured, though it can be controlled.

Factors that contribute to prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Genetic factors can also contribute to Type 2 diabetes. People of African, Native American, and Asian descent have a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, Dr. Kazeem and the team at Elk Medical offer diabetes prevention programs and other wellness programs to help you control your blood sugar and make lifestyle changes that can prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

For patients with Type 2 diabetes, Dr. Kazeem designs advanced management plans that help prevent health complications and restore health and function.

Your diabetes management plan can include:

  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling
  • Medically supervised weight loss programs
  • Oral medications
  • Insulin therapy

Elk Medical also helps patients with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition with the latest techniques in insulin therapy.

For help with diabetes-related health concerns, you can trust Dr. Kazeem for personalized care. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Elk Medical today or request an appointment online.