Metabolic Diseases Specialist

Charles F. Lovell, M.D. FACP PC

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician located in Norfolk, VA

Your metabolism turns the foods you eat into energy, so you can work, play, think, and do the things you enjoy. If your metabolism isn’t working properly, it can leave you feeling unproductive or sick. Charles F. Lovell, M.D., in Norfolk, Virginia, has years of experience diagnosing and treating metabolic diseases. If you don’t feel like your usual self, book an appointment online or over the phone to find out if you have a metabolic disease.

Metabolic Diseases Q & A

What are metabolic diseases?

Through your metabolism, your body converts the foods you eat into the energy it uses to function. Metabolic diseases occur when your metabolism doesn’t work properly and your body is left with too much or not enough of the substances, such as blood sugar, fats, or enzymes you need to function.

Your metabolism is very sensitive and can fluctuate easily. Minor fluctuations can bring about big changes. Metabolic diseases can occur on their own or alongside other conditions.

What are the common types of metabolic diseases?

There are many kinds of metabolic diseases. Diabetes is one of the most well-known. Other types of metabolic disease are:

  • Liver diseases
  • Endocrine system diseases
  • Pancreas diseases

Common causes of metabolic diseases include:

  • Missing important enzymes
  • Abnormal chemical reactions
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Dr. Lovell can help pinpoint what type of metabolic disease you have and what’s causing it. Then he can recommend the appropriate treatment. You may need to change your diet, lifestyle, or habits, or he may prescribe medication.

When should I seek treatment?

You should seek treatment as soon as you notice changes in how your body functions. Some symptoms that can come with a metabolic disease are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Nerve issues
  • Impaired eyesight

There are many kinds of metabolic diseases, and there are many symptoms, so it’s important to visit a doctor whenever you notice abnormal changes in the way your body functions. Metabolic diseases are rare, but they require prompt treatment in order to live normally.

If your body isn’t functioning as well as it used to or should be, and you want to see if you have a metabolic disease, book an appointment online or over the phone with Charles F. Lovell, M.D., in Norfolk, Virginia, today.