Diabetes Specialist

Basant Farghaly, M.D. -  - Family Medicine

Basant Farghaly, M.D.

Family Medicine located in St Augustine, FL & Palm Coast, FL

Roughly 10% of Americans — including children — have some form of diabetes. If you have diabetes, it can drastically increase your risk of developing kidney disease and other chronic conditions. Get your health on the right track by getting expert diabetes management care at Basant Farghaly MD in St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Farghaly offers comprehensive diabetes treatments and can help you get your blood sugar under control. Book your diabetes evaluation online or over the phone today.

Diabetes Q & A

What causes diabetes?

Since the cells in your body rely on blood sugar, also called glucose, to get the fuel they need to do their jobs, your pancreas works tirelessly to produce insulin — the hormone responsible for glucose absorption. In some cases, your pancreas can’t produce insulin, as with Type 1 diabetes.

At other times, you have enough insulin in your body, but your cells don’t use it well or your body becomes resistant to it, as with Type 2 diabetes. You can develop this chronic, life-long condition due to:

  • Viral infections
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides

Women sometimes develop temporary diabetes during pregnancy. This condition, known as gestational diabetes, tends to resolve shortly after giving birth.

Are there symptoms of diabetes?

Yes, although the symptoms you have aren’t always drastic or specific to diabetes, so you might overlook them. You may experience:

  • Frequent urination or increased thirst
  • Fatigue, irritability, or extreme hunger
  • Unexplained or unplanned weight loss
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections

The symptoms you notice — and their severity — will depend on how much your blood sugar is elevated.

Is there treatment for diabetes?

Yes. Dr. Farghaly may run some laboratory tests to help diagnose your condition first. While several types of diabetes tests exist, one of the most common kinds is the A1C test. This blood analysis can determine your average blood sugar level over the previous three-month period, which can help confirm a diabetes diagnosis.

Once Dr. Farghaly has a better understanding of your condition and earlier medical history — especially if you’ve previously been diagnosed with diabetes — she can design your diabetes treatment and management plan. This can include:

  • Weight loss counseling and planning
  • Nutrition and dietary counseling
  • Learning when and how to monitor your blood sugar
  • Daily insulin injections or an insulin pump

Sometimes, particularly with Type 2 diabetes, prescription medications can help. Diabetes medications can stimulate insulin production, prohibit glucose release from your liver, or block the breakdown carbohydrates. If you’re a candidate for diabetes medications, Dr. Farghaly will discuss all of your options and schedule follow-up appointments to ensure the medication is working properly.

To get a diabetes exam, book an appointment with Basant Farghaly MD online or over the phone today.