Diabetes Specialist

Park Medical Center

Rafath Humera, MD

Internist located in Clifton, NJ

Diabetes is a serious medical issue that can have wide-ranging negative effects on your daily life. Rafath Humera, MD, of Park Medical Center in Clifton, New Jersey, is passionate about helping men and women prevent diabetes when possible and manage their condition when diabetes is present. If you or a loved one needs comprehensive diabetes care, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Humera today. Booking is as easy as a phone call or a visit to the online scheduling tool.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition in which your body cannot convert food into energy in an effective or efficient manner. There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes

This type usually develops in childhood or early adulthood, and is the most severe form. It occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin.

Without insulin, your cells cannot take in glucose, and this effectively starves them while also leaving excess glucose in your blood. Type 1 diabetes requires insulin therapy.

Type 2 diabetes

This type occurs when your body is able to produce some insulin, but either can’t make enough or cannot make proper use of what is produced. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood and is linked to obesity, although a troubling number of younger people are developing this form of diabetes.

There are also several less common types of diabetes, including gestational diabetes that occurs in some pregnant women and usually resolves after childbirth.

What are the health risks associated with diabetes?

Diabetes places an enormous strain on many of your body’s organs and systems. If you have diabetes, you’re at an elevated risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye health problems
  • Depression
  • Skin conditions
  • Foot damage
  • Sexual dysfunction

Finding the right treatment path is essential to living your best possible life with diabetes.

What are the treatment options for diabetes?

Dr. Humera offers comprehensive diabetes diagnostic and treatment services. If she determines you have diabetes, she creates a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.

You might need supplemental insulin, which is usually self-administered via injection or through a pump. Learning how to monitor your blood sugar levels throughout each day is an important aspect of insulin therapy.

Medication may play a role in managing diabetes. Some drugs work by slowing the release of glucose from your liver; others stimulate insulin production. There are also drugs that help your digestive system break down carbohydrates.

Lifestyle modifications are among the most effective treatments for diabetes. Even better, those changes carry none of the risks associated with medication, and have the added benefit of helping improve your overall health.

Dr. Humera works with you to create a plan to improve your diet, get the right amount of exercise, and get plenty of rest. If you suffer from emotional issues related to diabetes, she can also suggest ways to reduce stress and find better coping skills.

When you’re ready to chart a new course in treating your diabetes, schedule a consultation with Dr. Humera to learn more about her approach to diabetes care. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to check availability.