Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Plans

For patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes, Dr. Muralikrishna Bhat, Dr. Sheela Bhat and their team of specialists can provide a long-term treatment plan that fits your particular situation.

Read more below about symptoms and treatment parameters to find out the best way to proceed.


Because diabetes is a very serious endocrine disorder, its associated effects can be life-threatening. They include kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, nerve damage and blindness. Someone who has diabetes either does not have enough insulin in the blood, or the body has enough insulin but uses it improperly.

Long known as “the silent killer” because it is often without any symptoms, diabetes affects more than 25 million Americans, a quarter of whom do not know they suffer from the disease.

If you are overweight, over the age of 45, lead a sedentary lifestyle or consume too much fat, sugar and salt, then you are likely at high risk for diabetes. When the condition does produce symptoms, they can easily be mistaken for something else. Even so, people in high-risk categories should be on the lookout for the following common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Quickened breathing
  • Stomach discomfort, nausea and unexplained vomiting
  • Increased appetite accompanied by weight loss
  • Increased frequency of urination and greater volume of urine
  • Sleepiness
  • Thirst
  • Blurred vision

Always talk to your doctor if you display any symptoms of diabetes so that a correct diagnosis can be made.


For both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, regulated eating and proper exercise are routinely prescribed. Many people still refer to Type 1 as “juvenile onset” diabetes, though this is not its formal medical name. It affects younger people and often calls for daily insulin injections along with careful dietary planning and a regular exercise regimen.

Type 2 diabetes occurs most frequently in adults and is typically treated with a combination of medication, meal planning and exercise. Whether a patient suffers from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, weight control and exercise play a crucial role in any effective treatment plan. Other treatment methods include insulin injections and drugs that act to lower blood sugar.

At Bhat Internal Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. If you have a specific question about your particular coverage, please call.

Our goal is to make certain that every one of our clients gets the best possible care in a relaxed and safe environment. To schedule an appointment or get more information, contact our office at your convenience by calling 520-290-9151. We look forward to providing you with the very best treatment and the most attentive medical care available.

Dr. Muralikrishna Bhat and Dr. Sheela Bhat are Tucson internists with a quarter-century of experience treating diabetes and many other serious conditions. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you think you might be displaying symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Bhat Internal Medicine.

Being leading internists of Arizona, Dr. Bhats work with their patients to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and often recommend other professionals when needed.