Diabetes

DeArk Medical Center PLLC

Internal and Preventive Medicine Clinic located in Charlotte, NC

Nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes, but according to the American Diabetes Association, some men and women are completely unaware they have it. Diabetes expert and top internist Dr. Iyamu, MD, PhD of DeArk Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers innovative diabetes solutions. Dr. Iyamu and his team strive to teach you how to properly manage your diabetes while providing the latest in medication and insulin treatments. Schedule your diabetes evaluation online, or by calling the clinic.

Diabetes Q & A

Why do I have diabetes?

Your cells need sugar for fuel. This sugar — known as glucose — can’t enter cells without insulin, a hormone that opens up cell walls.

Your pancreas is responsible for secreting insulin, but if your pancreas is damaged or malfunctioning, your system isn’t getting the insulin, it needs to help with glucose absorption. As a result, you wind up with dangerously high blood sugar levels that can damage vital organs, including your heart and kidneys.

You could develop diabetes as a result of:

  • Excessive body fat (obesity)
  • Viral infection
  • Family history

There are two main categories of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. If you have Type 1 diabetes, which usually develops as a juvenile, your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, you probably have some insulin, but your body becomes resistant to it, which usually occurs if you’re overweight.

Can I tell if I have diabetes?

Often yes, although the symptoms are so general, you might not realize that an issue is occurring right away. Common diabetes symptoms include:

  • Excessive urination
  • Chronic thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue or irritability

It’s also common to experience slow-healing sores — especially on your lower extremities — since blood flow is affected by diabetes.

How is diabetes treated?

While no cure exists for diabetes, Dr. Iyamu and his team have extensive training in modern management techniques and medications. You need to start checking your blood sugar several times per day to know when to eat and when to take your insulin or medication.

Generally, Dr. Iyamu starts you out with dietary counseling to teach you what to eat and when. If you need to lose weight — which is normal with Type 2 diabetes — Dr. Iyamu can also work with you to reach a healthy goal weight.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you’re going to need insulin daily, either through injections or a pump. Sometimes Type 2 diabetics require insulin too, although advanced medications often help any insulin you do have function efficiently.

Book an appointment at DeArk Medical Center. Schedule either online or over the phone If you think you have diabetes or you’re experiencing difficulty managing your diabetes.

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