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Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects over 30 million Americans, many of whom don’t even know they have it. Although there is no cure for diabetes, there are things you can do to manage it and its health complications. Kavita Kewalramani, MD, MPH at K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center in New Providence, New Jersey has the expertise to manage diabetes. Dr. Kavita Kewalramani is a Certified Diabetes Educator and can ensure your optimal care. Call or click the online booking tool to schedule a visit, and begin a path toward improved health and wellness.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of us naturally produce the hormone insulin, which helps convert sugars from the food we eat into energy that the body can use or store for later. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make insulin or doesn’t use insulin well, causing your blood sugar to rise. High blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems over time.

With type 1 diabetes, the body can’t make insulin. If you are diagnosed with type 1, you will need to take insulin every day. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well. Therefore type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes.

With prediabetes, your body may not be able to fully use the insulin you make, or your body may not make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range. People who have prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal—but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

What are health risks associated with diabetes?

Diabetes can take a serious toll on your quality of life, affecting your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Some of the health issues linked to diabetes include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Eye problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Foot problems
  • Dental disease
  • Sexual dysfunction

How can diabetes be managed?

Dr. Kewalramani takes a multi-faceted approach to managing diabetes and can help you lower your blood glucose levels. She focuses on three goals: weight loss, reducing carbohydrates, and managing high cholesterol and blood pressure.  

She begins with a comprehensive physical exam and blood testing to learn more about your overall health, in addition to obtaining current glucose levels. Next, Dr. Kewalramani engages in an in-depth discussion about your lifestyle. 

Your responses give her the information to craft customized lifestyle management recommendations. You’ll learn how to incorporate healthy, whole foods into your daily diet, as well as ways to increase your daily activity levels.  

When you are ready to begin, schedule a visit with a phone call at 908-206-4676 or book online.