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Diabetes Specialist

VAMA Medical Health Center

Kafilat Adewunmi, D.O / MBA

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Aesthetics located in UNION, NJ

There are 30 million people in the United States living with diabetes. Each year, physicians report 1.5 million new cases. If left untreated, diabetes is a life-endangering disease, which causes around 14 million adults to visit emergency departments each year. Kafilat Adewunmi, DO, MBA, is a family medicine physician at VAMA Medical Health Center in Union, New Jersey, that helps patients manage diabetes effectively and avoid complications. Make an appointment through the online booking system or call the practice.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that occurs when blood glucose levels are too high. The body uses insulin to transport glucose stores to cells, where it’s converted into energy. If there’s not enough insulin, or if your body doesn’t use it well, the glucose stores can’t reach the cells. It stays in the blood, causing blood sugar levels to spike. 

There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are incurable. Gestational diabetes occurs in some females when they’re pregnant but usually goes away once they have the baby. 

Dr. Adewunmi at VAMA Medical Health Center has years of experience in treating patients with diabetes. She encourages those at risk of developing it or with a prediabetes diagnosis to come in for a treatment plan to address their symptoms.

What are the early signs of diabetes?

The challenge with diabetes is that it’s often difficult to detect when a symptom is a real symptom, and when it’s normal behavior, so it’s important to be vigilant. If you experience any combination of the following signs and they get progressively worse, you should visit VAMA Medical Health Center.

  • Tiredness
  • Weariness
  • Negative mood
  • Blurry or weakened vision
  • Wounds and sores that don’t heal
  • Unusual thirst
  • Unusual hunger
  • A need to urinate frequently
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Frequent infections of the skin, gums or genitals

Dr. Adewunmi has extensive training in diagnosing diabetes. She runs tests to see whether you have the disease and, if they prove positive, she works with you to educate you on treatment and management techniques.

What causes diabetes?

There’s no one cause for diabetes, but medical professionals have explored several factors that make you more at risk of having it. 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a genetic autoimmune condition that prevents the pancreas from creating insulin. There are only a few factors that can make you at risk of developing it, including exposure to certain viral illnesses and family history.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is preventable. While a family history of diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and having had gestational diabetes are three reasons why you may develop it, it’s mostly caused by lifestyle behaviors, which include:

  • Overweight and obesity
  • Age
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Alcohol consumption

Dr. Adewunmi can identify if you’re more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes by understanding your current lifestyle and family health history.

How do you treat diabetes?

You can’t cure type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but you can manage the symptoms. Dr. Adewunmi offers multiple treatment methods for patients with diabetes. They include conventional medicine and holistic practices:

  • Twice-yearly check-ups 
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight loss
  • Stress management techniques
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating healthily
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Quitting smoking
  • Insulin therapy
  • Other diabetic medication

Safely managing diabetes requires a rigorous care plan. VAMA Medical Health Center works closely with you to ensure you get the appropriate treatment when you need it most. Call the practice today to schedule an appointment or book online.