Diabetes Specialist

Suleman Lalani, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine

Suleman Lalani, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Sugar Land, TX

It’s estimated that more than 14% of adults in Texas have diabetes. Without proper management, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease or neuropathy. Internal medicine expert Suleman Lalani, MD, PA, spent years training at prestigious medical schools and hospitals so he can manage any chronic health condition. He specializes in the medical management of diabetes and can help you get your blood sugar under control, improve your health, and reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related complications. For medical management of your diabetes, call the Sugar Land, Texas, office today, or schedule an appointment online.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. The sugar in your blood, which comes from the food you eat, serves as fuel for your cells. Insulin is a hormone produced in your pancreas that helps get sugar from your blood into your cells.

If you have diabetes, either your body isn’t making enough insulin or your body isn’t able to properly use the insulin you do make, resulting in elevated blood sugar. If your blood sugar levels remain high, you may develop other health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, or neuropathy, which is a condition that affects your nerve endings.

There are three primary types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes: your body doesn’t make enough insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes: your body isn’t properly using your insulin
  • Gestational diabetes: type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes and often occurs as you get older. You may be at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you have a family history of diabetes or if you’re overweight or obese.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes can cause a number of symptoms, but the severity of your symptoms may depend on the type of diabetes you have. With Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms tend to be severe and come on suddenly, while in Type 2 diabetes, the symptoms are more subtle and may go unnoticed.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Blurry vision
  • Tingling in your hands or toes
  • Fatigue
  • Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to digestion and absorption problems

With Dr. Lalani serving as your primary care physician, he can help you stay on top of your health and your risk of diabetes. During your annual physical exam, he can run a simple blood test to measure your blood sugar levels and determine if you’re at risk of developing diabetes. You may be able to prevent diabetes by making changes to your lifestyle.

How can I manage my diabetes?

Dr. Lalani provides individualized treatment for your diabetes based on your symptoms, blood sugar levels, overall health, and lifestyle. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Healthy diet plan
  • Exercise program
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Medication, including oral hypoglycemics or insulin

If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight may help lower your blood sugar and decrease your need for medication. Dr. Lalani works closely with you to determine the best treatment plan to help you control your diabetes.

To get expert help with your diabetes, call Dr. Lalani’s office today or request a consultation online.