Diabetes is a potentially life-threatening health condition that affects more than 30 million Americans, and without expert management, can lead to early mortality. Ken Wamwiri, MSN, FNP-C, and his team at Evergreen Medical Clinic, have considerable expertise in helping patients manage their diabetes. With the team’s expert assistance delivered at a convenient location in Arlington, Texas, you can live a full, rewarding life despite having diabetes. Call the clinic today to arrange a diabetic screening exam, or book an appointment online. (817) 591-0822
Diabetes Q & A
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by a problem related to your body’s production and usage of insulin.
Insulin is a hormone produced in your pancreas critical to the efficient absorption and storage of sugar in the blood.
If you have too little insulin or you’ve become insulin resistant, your body can’t manage your blood sugars as it should, leading to a dangerous buildup of sugar that has multiple consequences for your health.
There are two main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune problem whereby your immune system attacks and destroys the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes typically develops in children and young people and needs lifelong management. There’s no way to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes.
The DOT physical is a comprehensive examination of your health that reviews your medical history and current fitness to ensure you’re healthy enough to be driving for a living. Ken Wamwiri, MSN, FNP-C, and his team at Evergreen Medical Clinic, with offices in Arlington and Mesquite, Texas, hold a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to act as medical examiners for DOT physicals. If you need to undergo a DOT physical, call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is far more widespread than type 1, and levels are increasing as obesity issues continue to rise. If you have type 2 diabetes, it means that either your pancreas isn’t making enough insulin, or your body can’t use what it’s making. Type 2 diabetes is usually brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle, which means in many cases is preventable.
Common risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes include:
- Having excess body fat
- Being a smoker
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Insufficient exercise
- High fat, high sugar diet