Diabetes Specialist

Personal Primary Care

Internal Medicine & Internists located in Springfield, MA & East Longmeadow, MA

Living with diabetes, whether you have a diagnosis already or not, means you need regular medical care. Internal medicine physician Talal Khan, MD, and his trusted team of medical practitioners in Springfield, Massachusetts, are accepting new patients who need help managing their diabetes. At Personal Primary Care, you get the care you need, so your diabetes stays under control. The practice’s convenient online booking system allows you to book your appointment online, but you can also call the office to schedule any time.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Every cell in your body needs fuel. The ideal fuel source for all cells, particularly brain cells, is glucose — the simplest form of sugar. Your cells cannot simply absorb glucose from your blood when they need it. A specialized hormone called insulin opens up cell walls, allowing them to bring in glucose as needed.

When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t have enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes). In some cases though, you have plenty of insulin, but your body starts resisting it. This is Type 2 diabetes.

With either condition, your cells won’t get the energy they need, since they can’t get glucose. This impacts every single function in your body since none of your vital organs get the fuel they need to thrive. Diabetes is completely manageable when you’re under expert care with the team from Personal Primary Care.

How do I know if my blood sugar is low?

Anyone can have low blood sugar, even if you don’t have diabetes. But if you know you’re diabetic, you need to be aware of certain symptoms. When your blood sugar drops too low, it can be very dangerous to your health. Your blood sugar is likely running low if you:

  • Are weak or shaky
  • Feel hungry
  • Feel tingly all over
  • Have a headache
  • Are overly thirsty

Is there a cure for diabetes?

While no cure for diabetes exists, it is manageable. With Type 1 diabetes, where your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to stabilize your blood sugar, you need to take insulin shots regularly throughout the day. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be reversed by losing weight and taking medications to improve your blood sugar levels. Sometimes, Type 2 diabetes sufferers also need insulin injections to stabilize blood glucose.

Can my doctor help me manage my diabetes?

Yes. The team at Personal Primary Care keeps tabs on your blood sugar levels, so you want to schedule appointments regularly. To further help you manage diabetes, the team offers:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight-management assistance
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Routine physical examinations
  • Diabetes management counseling

For expert help with managing your diabetes, call Personal Primary care or book an appointment using the online tool.