Philip Rabito is a leading endocrinologist and diabetes doctor in NYC. He has over 20 years of experience in minimizing complications from diabetes by promoting lifestyle changes and optimizing medical management.
Why should you see an endocrinologist for diabetes?
Endocrinologists specialize in treating diabetes. Diabetics who are managed by endocrinologists have better long term outcomes, including improved sugar control and lower risk of diabetic complications. The paradigm for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes has shifted in recent years. Newer classes of medications are now available proven to reduce cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and also promote weight loss in diabetics. Endocrinologists are most knowledgeable about the risks, benefits and uses of these cutting edge treatment options, and best equipped to develop a comprehensive and personalized plan to manage diabetes.
With expertise in diabetes and nutrition, Dr. Philip Rabito will optimize care in diabetic patients and minimize the risk of developing full blown diabetes in patients with pre-diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
This is a complex disorder in which blood sugar, or glucose levels, are elevated due to resistance to insulin and inappropriately low insulin levels.
Type 2 diabetes has a strong genetic component, but is also closely associated with being overweight and sedentary. Poorly controlled Type 2 Diabetes can lead to eye, kidney and nerve damage, including blindness, dialysis and amputation. Type 2 diabetics are also at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Therefore, is it is imperative that other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, are aggressively treated. Type 2 diabetes is best managed by endocrinologists through intensive lifestyle counseling, nutritional optimization and pharmacologic treatment, as needed.
Type 1 Diabetes
In this condition, the cells of the pancreas responsible for producing insulin are destroyed by an autoimmune process, leaving the patient dependent on insulin for life. As in type 2, type 1 diabetics are at risk for eye, kidney and neurologic dysfunction. Type 1 diabetics are managed with intense lifestyle modification, nutrition counseling and insulin administration.
Dr. Philip Rabito is an endocrinologist in New York City with specialized training in the management of type 1 diabetes. In addition to his background in nutrition, Dr. Rabito has expertise in the various insulin delivery modalities, and continuous glucose monitor in systems, which are invaluable for optimization of care.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be similar, and are largely referable to high blood sugar, seen in both conditions.
They include the following:
- Increased urination
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger
- Blurred vision
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Poor wound healing
- Tingling or numbness in toes and fingers
This is an often under-diagnosed condition in which the blood sugar levels are elevated, but not enough to meet the criteria for type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Philip Rabito is a diabetes doctor in NYC with specialized training in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes. He provides management and monitoring through various insulin delivery modalities and continuous glucose monitoring systems, which are invaluable for optimization of care. Contact our office today to learn more about managing diabetes with Philip Rabito, MD.