Diabetes requires ongoing care and management to prevent serious complications like kidney damage and vision loss. Dr. Iffat Sadique is a leading provider of diabetes care, offering the most advanced and effective treatment options for patients at Prime Care Medical Group in Brighton Beach and Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, Jamaica, NY.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that most commonly develops during childhood when the immune system malfunctions and attacks and destroys cells that produce insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar (glucose). Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease that occurs when the body doesn't process insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes is most common among people who are overweight or obese. Once occurring almost exclusively in adults, today type 2 diabetes is becoming more common among children as a result of an increase in childhood obesity rates. Both types of diabetes can cause organ damage, including kidney damage and kidney failure, loss of vision, nerve damage and related pain, and an increased risk of serious skin and soft tissue infections which can lead to limb amputations. Diabetes is diagnosed with a simple blood test that measures glucose levels. Levels of 126 mg/dl or more are considered diabetic
People with diabetes can have different symptoms depending on whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Some common symptoms include:
Diabetes cannot be “cured,” but it can be managed with regular and vigilant medical care. People who have diabetes will need to follow a specific diet plan to help them control the amount of sugars they consume, and they'll also need to test their glucose levels several times a day. Most patients will need to use insulin (either injected or via pills) on a regular basis to help keep glucose levels under control. Being more physically active and losing excess weight can also help manage symptoms and keep glucose levels within normal ranges. Regular office visits are important for identifying complications like nerve damage, vision problems or kidney damage in their earliest stages so serious issues can be avoided.
Dr. Sadique accepts most major insurance plans. Co-pays and deductibles are collected at the time of service. Certain services provided at our clinics are not covered by insurance companies - requiring patients to pay in full for such services. Self-pay appointments are $40 plus fees for any blood work done. *Please note that the insurances accepted at each location vary. For a full list of insurances accepted at each clinic, click here.