Diabetes Specialist

Charles D Malis, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Nephrology

Concord Health Center

Charles D Malis, MD

Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Concord, MA

Nearly 700,000 people in Massachusetts have been diagnosed with diabetes, which is a chronic disease that increases your risk of developing other chronic conditions. Board-certified internal medicine and nephrology physician Charles Malis, MD, at Concord Health Center takes a patient-centered approach to the management of diabetes, creating individualized treatment plans that put you in control of your health. To schedule an appointment with the compassionate physician, call the Concord, Massachusetts, office, or use the online booking tool today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

The sugar in your blood, also referred to as glucose, serves as your body’s primary source of energy and comes from the foods you eat. Diabetes develops when your blood sugar levels are above normal.

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas, and it’s responsible for transporting the sugar from your blood into your cells. Diabetes develops because of problems related to your insulin. Either your pancreas isn’t making enough insulin, or any at all, this is referred to as Type 1 diabetes, or the insulin your pancreas is producing isn’t able to do its job, this is referred to as Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes. You may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you’re older than 45, have a family history of diabetes, or you’re overweight or obese.

What are diabetes-related complications?

Though diabetes can be managed, the chronic health condition increases your risk of developing other health issues. Diabetes-related health complications include:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Retinopathy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke

Dr. Malis specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes-related peripheral vascular disease. Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for the development of peripheral vascular disease, which affects circulation in your lower extremities and is a major contributor to the formation of foot infections that can sometimes lead to lower extremity amputations.

What can I expect during a diabetes evaluation?

At Concord Health Center, Dr. Malis takes a proactive approach to care and considers your involvement in the process vital to improving your diabetes management. In addition to reviewing your medical history and conducting a physical exam, Dr. Malis performs advanced diagnostic testing to better understand the effects your diabetes is having on your health.

Testing may include:

  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Ultrasound testing
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
  • Cardiac tests

After your diagnostic testing has been completed, Dr. Malis reviews the details of your results with you.

How is diabetes treated?

Dr. Malis develops individualized treatment plans for diabetes. He knows there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to diabetes, and he works one-on-one with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and health needs. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Diet modification
  • Exercise program
  • Diabetes-related medication
  • Disease-specific medication

For impaired heart disease and peripheral vascular disease, Dr. Malis may recommend L-arginine, which is an amino acid that helps relax your blood vessels to improve blood flow.

To schedule a consultation at Concord Health Center so you can get the plan and support you need to manage your diabetes, call the office or click the booking button today.