Endocrinologist Dr. Jenine Vecchio

The Latest Understanding and Treatment for Diabetes

Endocrinologist Dr. Jenine Vecchio, Medical Director at the Deborah Specialty Physicians Diabetes Center Burlington County

October 10, 2018 - 9:20 am

Deborah Specialty Physicians

When she was growing up, Rasa Kaye’s Lithuanian, diabetic grandmother referred to her medical condition as “Cukraus liga” – the sugar illness. While most languages have incorporated “diabetes” as the official term, Google Translate still yields Sugar Illness as the default for Polish (Cukrzycy), Hungarian (Cukorbetegség), and even Icelandic (Sykursýki). For generations, there was awareness that a certain devastating illness involves sugar’s ability to literally make you sick.

Endocrinologist Dr. Jenine Vecchio
The body’s always-on balancing act to keep blood sugar levels steady is an increasing challenge to the medical community, as the incidence of diabetes in the population grows. More than 30 million people in the United States are currently living with diabetes. More than 415 million people worldwide are diabetic -- about one in 11 adults -- and the number is expected to rise to 642 million by 2040, according to a new study from the Swedish National Diabetes Register.

The complications of poorly-managed diabetes are dire: a higher risk for heart disease, cancer, nerve damage, infection, and blindness, among others. The monitoring of and reacting to blood sugar levels can feel like an exhausting and impossible cycle for a diabetic patient.  

Enter: Endocrinologist Dr. Jenine Vecchio, Medical Director at the Deborah Specialty Physicians Diabetes Center Burlington County.  The Center oversees personalized regimens for every individual, with educational support from a multi-disciplinary team that explores every available option, both medical and non-medical, to help diabetics keep their blood sugar and their well-being as stable as possible.

KYW’s Rasa Kaye talks with Dr. Vecchio about the Deborah Specialty Physicians Diabetes Center, the latest understanding of the disease and its treatment, and exciting technological advances to make living with it easier.