Francisco  J. Velazquez, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Velazquez Medical Practice

Francisco J. Velazquez, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Bellaire, TX

More than 30 million Americans live with some form of diabetes. Diabetes is quite common, though millions of people go undiagnosed until it’s too late. At Velazquez Medical Practice in Houston, internist Francisco Velazquez, MD, uses comprehensive annual wellness exams to detect the warning signs of diabetes. Finding diabetes early can prevent dangerous health problems later in life. To learn how you can avoid Type 2 diabetes, call or book your annual check-up online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is Type 1 diabetes?

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar, or blood glucose, is too high. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t make enough insulin. Without enough insulin, glucose stays in your blood, causing many serious health problems.

Without management, Type 1 diabetes can lead to:

  • Eye damage
  • Dental problems
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney damage
  • Limb damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke

Though Type 1 diabetes has no cure, it's highly manageable.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In people with Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Too much insulin in the blood causes a variety of serious health issues affecting the eyes, heart, kidneys, and other organs.

Type 2 diabetes risk factors include age, heredity, obesity, and lack of exercise. By addressing these risk factors, Type 2 is preventable.

How is diabetes treated?

Diagnosing diabetes begins with your annual wellness exam. Dr. Velazquez checks for common symptoms of diabetes, which include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the extremities

He then orders blood tests for more information. If a diabetes diagnosis is confirmed, your treatment plan will include:

Blood sugar testing

Patients with Type 1 diabetes monitor their blood sugar on a regular basis. Dr. Velazquez also recommends at-home blood sugar testing for some patients with Type 2.


Patients with diabetes who exercise frequently benefit with more stable blood sugar levels. Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, often stopping the progression of Type 2 diabetes.


People with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin. They supplement insulin as needed with a pen, pump, or syringe.


Nutrition is an essential tool for diabetes management. Knowing how different foods impact your blood sugar levels allows you to make smart dietary choices.  


Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. Dr. Velazquez provides constant, ongoing support to help you manage diabetes.

Many people unknowingly live with diabetes for years without recognizing the symptoms. That's why annual wellness exam screenings are so important. You should also report any new symptoms to Dr. Velazquez, no matter how minor they may seem.

For a full health screening, call Velazquez Medical Practice or book your appointment online today.

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