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Dr. Shefali Karkhanis  - Diabetologist, Thane west

Dr. Shefali Karkhanis

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Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS

Diabetologist, Thane west

16 Years Experience ₹250 online
Dr. Shefali Karkhanis 94% (409 ratings) Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS Diabetologist, Thane west
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A trusted and noted diabetologist in Thane, Dr. Shefali Karkhanis has been highly competent in her work for the last 16 years. She has pursued her M.B.B.S. from K.J. Somaiya Medical College and Hospital, Mumbai and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Diabetes in Madras Diabetes Research Foundation. She also holds a diploma in diabetology from Annamalai University. The doctor had been awarded a gold medal for Fellowship in Diabetes at Dr.V.Mohan's M V Diabetes Centre. Apart from this, she has several papers and accreditations to her name.

At present, Dr. Karkhanis practices in Varun Polyclinic, Thane. Previously, she was the director at Karkhanis Super Specialty Hospital. Her services include diabetes management, diabetic ulcer treatment, hypertension treatment, diabetic retinopathy, diet counselling, diabetic eye care and pregnancy, hypothyroid, blood glucose monitoring, neuropathy assessment, glucose profile, foot care, diabetic kidney care, etc. The renowned Dr. Shefali Karkhanis has memberships with Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) and Indian Medical Association (IMA).

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Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist) - Dr.V.Mohan's M V Diabetes Centre - 2004
MBBS - K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai - 2001
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Director at Karkhanis Superspeciality Hospital
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I'm suffering from diabetes type 2. Having a regular back and neck ache. Please suggest what should I do.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I'm suffering from diabetes type 2. Having a regular back and neck ache. Please suggest what should I do.
Start regular exercise under guidance. Make sure your bed and pillow are comfortable. Check vitamin D and vitamin B12 levels. Control your diabetes well
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Hi. Married. No kids. I am having red wine. I am a diabetic patient. Can I drink red wine for skin, hair & healthy lifestyle. When I drink morning time or night time. How to drink ?kindly give me a suggestion.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Hi. Married. No kids. I am having red wine. I am a diabetic patient. Can I drink red wine for skin, hair & healthy li...
It is advisable to avoid wines or alcohol in diabetic patients. You dont need to drink wine for good lifestyle. Instead eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly
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Sudden Weight Loss & Diabetes - How They Are Linked?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Sudden Weight Loss & Diabetes - How They Are Linked?

Diabetes is a common term which is referred to as a group of diseases that results in a high level of the sugar in the blood. The different types of diabetes which are most common are as follows.

Types of Diabetes

  1. Type 1 Diabetes – This is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces very little or almost no insulin.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes – This chronic condition affects the way in which the body processes the sugar present in the body.
  3. Prediabetes – This is a condition where the level of sugar in the blood is high, but not high enough to be causing type 2 diabetes.
  4. Gestational Diabetes – As the name indicates, this is the condition of a high level of sugar in the blood that affects only the pregnant women.


How are diabetes and weight loss interconnected?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, and some forms of diabetes are associated with sudden loss of weight. The unexplained and sudden loss of weight is a warning sign or a symptom of the onset of diabetes. There are a number of mechanisms behind this weight loss which is as discussed below.

  1. High blood sugar: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can involve dramatic loss of weight over a number of days at the onset of the particular disease, but the situation is more common in the case of type 1 diabetes. The insufficient amount of insulin in the body prevents the cells of the body from getting the required amount of glucose from the blood to use as energy. In this situation, the body starts burning the fats to fulfill in energy requirements which result in a sudden loss of body weight.
  2. DehydrationIn diabetes, frequent urination is a common symptom which makes the body lose all its fluid, but the intake of fluid is not enough to prevent this loss. Hence, the body is dehydrated, and kidneys tend to work harder for the filtration of the excess glucose in the body. Now this increased glucose present in the urine draws the required fluid from the tissues and thus making you lose a significant number of calories during urination. Hence the body loses weight.
  3. Breakdown of muscles: If diabetes is not controlled properly, losing weight by wasting of the muscles is extremely common. Due to the deficiency of insulin, the synthesis of muscles in the body is decreased, and at the same time, the breakdown of muscles is increased. This results in the loss of body weight to a significant amount.

Thus, it is understood that the different types of diabetes and unexplained loss of weight with no significant cause are connected with each other. Weight loss, being a prevalent symptom during the onset of the condition, is a key symptom in diagnosis for diabetes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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10 Exercises That Will Surely Help Diabetic Patients!

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
10 Exercises That Will Surely Help Diabetic Patients!

Exercise has a considerable number of benefits to offer people who have diabetes. As a result of doing exercise on a regular basis, the blood sugar level stays in check. Managing diabetes without indulging in any physical activity is near to no good as exercise is the backbone of diabetes treatment. Here are the ten exercises that prove to be great for people with diabetes.

  1. Walking: Walking is considered to be one of the best exercises for treating diabetes and the most prescribed physical activity for people with Type 2 diabetes. A daily brisk walking of at least 30 minutes can be the easiest way of increasing one’s physical activity level.
  2. Running/jogging: By jogging or running daily, people can control their blood pressure and ensure good heart condition. It proves to be extremely beneficial for diabetes people who often develop risks of heart attacks or high blood pressure.
  3. Weight training: As regular weight training helps in building the muscle mass, opting for this becomes necessary for people with Type 2 diabetes. Because losing muscle mass means difficulty in maintaining the blood sugar levels.
  4. Tai Chi: Tai Chi helps in relaxing the body and mind as well as ensures trouble-free body movements. Tai Chi plays a crucial role in reducing stress and nerve damage, which is a common complication in diabetes.
  5. Swimming: Swimming helps in relaxing and stretching the muscles, without exerting any pressure on the joints, which is why it is a great exercise for diabetic people. Often diabetic people lose sensation in their feet, which makes swimming the best option for them.
  6. YogaHelping in lowering the body fat, improving the nerve function, and fighting the insulin resistance, yoga can benefit people suffering from diabetes in a lot of ways. By controlling the stress, it indirectly helps in lowering the blood sugar levels.
  7. Stationary bicycling: A form of aerobic exercise, stationary bicycling ensures a strong heart and well-functioning lungs. Burning lots of calories, it improves the blood flow to the legs, which is important for diabetic people.
  8. Water aerobics: Water aerobics, too, has a lot of benefits to offer to the diabetic people in terms of regaining the right body balance and strengthening the muscles.
  9. Playing: For those who enjoy playing tennis or basketball, treating diabetes with exercise can be an easy job. All one has to do is play rigorously on a daily basis, and the body will stay fit and the blood sugar levels well controlled.
  10. Dancing: Dancing can be a great way of doing exercise for the diabetic people as it helps in improving the flexibility of the body, reducing stress and lowering the blood sugar levels.

By including exercise as a regular part of their daily life, people with diabetes can not only experience positive effects on their diabetic condition but can also achieve an overall good health with desired fitness. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can ask a free question.

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I am a diabetic n under insulin n am facing very difficulty in maintaining a balanced level for my sugar level. It is always going very high or very low. please suggest what to do?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I am a diabetic n under insulin n am facing very difficulty in maintaining a balanced level for my sugar level. It is...
Check your fasting, PP and pre-dinner levels if possible. Alternatively, there is something called continuous monitoring of glucose which can provide good idea about your fluctuations. The medicines will need to be changed and insulin must be adjusted. Follow a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and avoid sugar in any form
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Sir My uncle has diabetic foot and unfortunately doctors cut all fingers of foot and treatment is going on. Please guide us to avoid such incident doesn't happen again. Type II diabetes and fasting sugar 280 and random 450. Taking glimepiride and metformin combination salt medicines. Please share your valuable treatment.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Sir My uncle has diabetic foot and unfortunately doctors cut all fingers of foot and treatment is going on. Please gu...
First of all, his diabetes needs to be under control. Medicines will need to be changed. Check the feet everyday to see if there are any cuts wounds etc and seek treatment immediately if its the case. Wear correct footwear. Stop alcohol and smoking or tobacco use.
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Diabetes Type I & II - Common Signs You Must Not Ignore!

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Diabetes Type I & II - Common Signs You Must Not Ignore!

If your glucose level is more than the usual level, chances are that you have diabetes. The warning signals of diabetes are mild that in the preliminary stage it is challenging to detect. Diabetes can be of two types. Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The symptoms of which stand crucial for an individual’s knowledge to take preventive measures.

Type 1 diabetes 
When your immune system damages pancreatic cells called beta cells, Type 1 diabetes occurs. They’re functional in making insulin. Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes typically begin promptly, within a few days to weeks. High blood sugar causes them. In the first few days, the symptoms might misguide you to believe that it is an ailment like the flu.

Common symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

  1. Increased hunger: As the body fails to use the calories, one feels hungry all the time.
  2. Blurry vision: This type makes the eyes water as there is sugar build up in the lens of your eye giving rise to blurry vision.
  3. Feeling very tired: A sluggish feeling prevails as the body doesn't use the energy or glucose.
  4. Rapid heart rate: Heart rate may be more than normal
  5. Reduced blood pressure: Another typical sign where the blood pressure usually falls below 90/60 rate
  6. Low body temperature: Is another key trait where the body temperature goes below the stated 97º F.
  7. Bladder discomfort: An individual faces bladder discomfort and tends to urinate several times a day. As there is a lot of urination, the glucose is flushed out which leads to weight loss as well dehydration.
  8. Abdominal pain: Pain usually occurs at the center of the stomach. In some cases, an individual may feel like vomiting.

Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes affects millions of people all over India. If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body is not able to use the insulin hormone properly. Check out for the below-listed symptoms.

Common symptoms of type 2 diabetes

  1. Velvety dark patches: Type 2 diabetes can be detected by observing the velvety dark patches in the armpit abdomen sides or groin or groin area called Acanthosis Nigricans.
  2. Increased thirst: Especially post heavy meals, dry mouth with a fatigue feeling is experienced
  3. Increased hunger: You may feel frequently hungry
  4. Frequent urinationKnown as Polyuria, increased urination is common a symptom of Type 2 Diabetes
  5. Skin problems: Itching of the skin usually around the groin area or vaginal area
  6. Blurred vision: Things may appear to be little blurry
  7. Diabetes numbness: A general symptom where there is numbness in hand and feet
  8. Pricking pain: A burning sensation, or pricking pain in the hands and feet that starts out mild at first, but over time as the nerve damage increases, it grows severe
  9. ImpotenceErectile dysfunction can be another symptom of type 2 diabetes

To be aware of the symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes is important as you can seek medical help at the early onset of the condition. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can ask a free question.

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I am suffering from HBP & Diabetics since last 4 years. My present count of BP is 92: 145 and Sugar level are 215: 258. I am using Amlodac AT (one time) and Gemer 2 (two times). My right leg is swelling since last 3 months. Pl. Advice what to do to control Blood Sugar and pl let me know the reason for swelling and its remedy.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I am suffering from HBP & Diabetics since last 4 years. My present count of BP is 92: 145 and Sugar level are 215: 25...
Unilateral swelling of leg usually occurs due to local lesion. You will need to check if there is any redness or warmth or pain in the leg. If all is ok, this may be a viral infection. If there is any breathlessness you have to visit doctor immediately. Your blood pressure and diabetes needs to be controlled well.
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My husband is 54 years old and and have been suffering from diabetes since 17 years. His fasting and pp8833053686020 reading is 165 and 2 18 respectively. How can he bring this level down?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
My husband is 54 years old and and have been suffering from diabetes since 17 years. His fasting and pp8833053686020 ...
His diabetes medicines will need to be changed. The dosage of newer medicines will depend upon what he is taking now. He has to be strict with his diet and exercise regularly
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Preventing Diabetic Foot Disease!

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Preventing Diabetic Foot Disease!

With proper care, it is possible to minimise foot problems. 
Every diabetic patient is at risk of develoing foot problems due to either neuropathy (loss of sensitivity to the feet) or vasculopathy (impaired blood supply to the feet) or both. 

Tips for your feet:
1. Always examine your feet, especially after exercise and before going to bed
2. Wear well padded cotton socks with shoes. 
3. Change socks everyday
4. Dont wear footwear which are narrow at the toes
5. Dont wear uncomfortable or tight shoes
6. Check inside the shoe before wearing to remove small pebbles or insects that might be there
7. Prerferably, buy shoes in evening 

Urgently see the doctor if you notice any of the following:

1. Any ulcer or swelling of the feet 
2. Redness or pain in foot
3. Callous or corns 
4. Oozing of blood or pus from any wound

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