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Dr. Shefali Karkhanis  - Diabetologist, Thane

Dr. Shefali Karkhanis

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

Diabetologist, Thane

16 Years Experience  ·  600 at clinic  ·  ₹250 online
Dr. Shefali Karkhanis 92% (398 ratings) Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS Diabetologist, Thane
16 Years Experience  ·  600 at clinic  ·  ₹250 online
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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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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

My blood sugar is 181.1 so I should take medicine or I change my diet plan and doing workout.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
My blood sugar is 181.1 so I should take medicine or I change my diet plan and doing workout.
Depends on if it is fasting or pp. if fasting then u will need medicines. If it is after food sugar you can observe with lifestyle changes. Irrespectively, you have to start diet and exercise
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I just had my fasting sugar test done. Mine fasting sugar was 115 and PP was 151. Please let me what should be the action plan. I do not have any heredity. Can it be reversed?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I just had my fasting sugar test done. Mine fasting sugar was 115 and PP was 151. Please let me what should be the ac...
Yes. At this stage it might be reversible. You need to go off simple carbohydrates like sugar, sweets etc. Start regular exercise for about 30 min. This should help in controlling diabetes to a great extent
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Previously my blood sugar levels were 90 (fasting) but this time after six months it is 104. Pl advise if anything is to be done.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Previously my blood sugar levels were 90 (fasting) but this time after six months it is 104. Pl advise if anything is...
Just follow a healthy lifestyle. Good diet regular exercise. Keep checking both fasting and pp blood sugar every 6 months
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Hi, Is there any medicine which instantly lower the blood glucose level? Among Glimepiride, Metformin & Repaglinide which work faster? I take 10 iu insulin at bedtime. But Measured glucose level yesterday. Fasting 187 & PP 268. Shall I increase the amount of insulin?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Hi, Is there any medicine which instantly lower the blood glucose level? Among Glimepiride, Metformin & Repaglinide w...
Okly bedtime insulin isnt going to reduce ur sugar levels. You will need medications also depending upon other complications.
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My wife is diabetic since last 30 years and insulin dependent 16 morning 18 evening it keeps her blood sugar level under control is there any alternative of insulin.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
My wife is diabetic since last 30 years and insulin dependent 16 morning 18 evening it keeps her blood sugar level un...
There are tests whichc can determine how much insulin her body is producing. If it is adequate then tabs can be given. Otherwise she will need insulin injections.
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I am diabetes patient for 11 years till 8 years I had 7.2 in level suddenly it is increasing and now it is up to 9.2 I take insulin 3 times a day please suggest me what should I do.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I am diabetes patient for 11 years till 8 years I had 7.2 in level suddenly it is increasing and now it is up to 9.2 ...
Increase in sugar can occur because of inadequate diet and exercise or stress. Your medications will need to be altered, dosage of insulin can be adjusted to control sugars well. You will also need frequent testing for next few days to tailor the dosages
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What are the early symptoms of diabetes? What kind of food intake is recommended for pre-diabetics? Sugar free food?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
What are the early symptoms of diabetes? What kind of food intake is recommended for pre-diabetics? Sugar free food?
Many patients have increased thirst, urination and hunger. Some may have significant weight loss and tiredness. However, a vast number of people will not have any symptoms of diabetes. Pre-diabetic patients should avoid simple carbohydrates like sugar, sweets etc. I do not recommend using sugar substitutes.
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I've been having these terrible leg crams which start midnight and after 5 -10 min they can go and I peacefully go to sleep. I don't have diabetes because I just got it checked it was 91. I don't take any kind of medication but I do have hypothyroidism and I've been advised to take those hormone pills. It has happened twice I just want to know the possible reason for the cramps.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I've been having these terrible leg crams which start midnight and after 5 -10 min they can go and I peacefully go to...
Usually the reason for muscle cramps is heat. Please drink enough water. Also, you can supplement with high potassium foods like coconut water and bananas
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I am aged 71 years old. I am told that I am a type 2 diabetic. My sugar level is 360 to 400. I am taking Ayurvedic medicine. Can I eat cornflakes which is having sugar and also corn having sweetness. Thank you. Dr. C. Subbakrishna.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
I am aged 71 years old. I am told that I am a type 2 diabetic. My sugar level is 360 to 400. I am taking Ayurvedic me...
With sugars around 400 only ayurvedic medicines wont work. You will need allopathy medicines also. Best to avoid cornflakes if sugars are high
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Dear Doctor,   Good Day! I am seeking treatment for my mother Age: 71, a widowed housewife. My father died before 30 years ago when I was only 3 years old, after that she got Diabetes. I think anxiety and depression regarding family maintaining and raising us for the past 30 years. I have found you very good doctor in Lybrate and other medical related apps. My mother’s condition is as described below:   Current Complains: - Recurrent foot infections (After using antibacterial ointments Mupirocin, Dermavet etc.) - Dry foot - Pain, Burning and tingling sensation all over the body - Insomnia - Palpitations     Chronic: Hypertension (avg 90/140) Diabetes (for 30 yrs) Nerve/Neuropathy pain Lower back pain / joint pain Osteoporosis  Acidity and Digestion disorder  Constipation  Insomnia urine obstruction / Urin amount decrease often (Recurrently occurs)   Current Medications: 1.       Mixtard 30/70 (22 + 10 + 12 units) 2.       Ecosprin 75 (0+ 1 + 1) 3.       Metoprolol tartrate 50 mg (1+0+1) 4.       Amlodipine 5 mg (1+0+0) 5.       Losartan Potassium 50 mg (0+0+1) 6.       Trimetazidine Mr. 35 mg (1+0+1) 7.       Esomeprazole (1+0+1) 8.       Calcium 500 and Vitamin D 200 IU (0+0+1) 9.       Bromazepam 3 mg (takes in case of sleeplessness) 10.    Neuro-B Thiamine Monotritrate, Pyridoxine HCL, cyanocobalamin (1+0+0)   Now, I am seeking your kind suggestion over online. It will be a great help for me if you give me a proper treatment plan and I have also a plan to visit Kolkata within 10 days and will stay there for 3 to 4 days.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Dear Doctor,
 
Good Day!
I am seeking treatment for my mother  Age: 71, a widowed housewife. My father died before 30...
The nerve pain is due to long standing diabetes. That is what will lead to recurrent ulcers on feet. Please moisturise feet daily. Take treatment immediately if there is any sign of infection. Control diabetes and blood pressure well. Do not let her walk barefoot
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Doctor I am Diabetic and taking medicines. Due to summer, I am not going out of house. I frequently urinate at night also. Will there be any kidney problem. I regularly check blood sugar once in two months and due in 20 days. Your advice.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Doctor I am Diabetic and taking medicines. Due to summer, I am not going out of house. I frequently urinate at night ...
Frequent urination at night doesnt mean your kidney is harmed. Frequent urine at night can be due to uncontrolled diabetes or can sinply be cause you are drinking more water in evening. Reduce water inatke after 7pm. Avoid colas or tea or coffee in evening. Check your diabetes
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Dear sir, my mother has been suffering from glycomet, she has bp also its anything is medicine for her its curable if yes pls give me the answer as soon as possible thanks.

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Dear sir,
my mother has been suffering from glycomet, she has bp also its anything is medicine for her its curable if...
Diabetes and blood pressure is not curable but controllable. Maintain good lifestyle to reduce tablets
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