Diabetes Specialist

Matt Pabis, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in East Village, New York, NY

Without medical care, blood sugar fluctuations can lead to life-threatening circumstances. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, Matt Pabis, MD, brings care when you need it most. Led by Dr. Pabis, the practice serves individuals and families in the East Village area of New York City. For an appointment, call the office or schedule online with the one-click booking system.

Diabetes Q & A

What causes diabetes?

Diabetes comes in two forms: Type 1 and Type 2. Both involve a malfunction in how the body produces and processes the hormone insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. Without enough natural insulin, people with Type 1 diabetes must supplement with insulin medication to keep their blood sugar levels normal.

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance. The body is not using insulin properly, and therefore creates more insulin to compensate. In time, the pancreas stops being able to make enough insulin, which causes high blood sugar levels.  

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes can cause a number of symptoms, which vary from person to person. Some of the most common signs include:

  • Excessive thirst or increased appetite
  • Reduced energy during normal activities
  • Compromised vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • Slow-healing wounds or sores


Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly, within a few weeks, while Type 2 symptoms may come on more slowly.

Dr. Pabis can address both types of the condition and the accompanying symptoms.

How is diabetes treated?

If you have a blood sugar condition, it’s best to work directly with a primary care physician like Dr. Pabis who is familiar with your situation and can manage your ongoing treatment. Dr. Pabis and his team offer a range of helpful services for managing diabetes and any urgent situations that may arise related to the condition. These might include blood sugar testing, a prescription for medication or insulin, treatment for diabetic nerve issues, or wound care.

Type 1 diabetes tends to require more immediate attention, especially if you have extremely low blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes is manageable with dietary changes, weight loss, and other healthy lifestyle habits.

Should I go to the doctor for diabetes?

If you have an immediate medical problem related to diabetes or need help managing your conditions, Dr. Pabis can help. It’s also important to seek regular treatment from Dr. Pabis so that he can continue to make sure that you’re healthy and your condition is under control.

Call his office in Manhattan or book an appointment online to learn more about managing diabetes.