Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar. This can lead to weight loss, skin infections, eye problems and nerve damage if left untreated.
The American Diabetes Association reports more than 8 percent of the American population suffers from diabetes. More than a third of those cases are undiagnosed and untreated
If you are suffering from symptoms that could be related to diabetes- such as feeling very thirsty or very hungry, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, numbness in hands or feet, or cuts or bruises that seem slow to heal- you should seek medical help. A provider at Novant Health Endocrinology and Thyroid will assess your symptoms, and complete simple tests including blood tests to see if you have diabetes.
For diabetic patients, we offer glucose monitoring, as well as training in how to administer insulin via injection or pump. Our diabetic and nutrition educator also offers help with diet restrictions and other lifestyle changes to manage diabetes.
Our diabetic/nutrition educator
Navigating life with diabetes can be difficult. At Novant Health Endocrinology and Thyroid, we want to give you the information and tools you need to lead a healthy life with diabetes or to make lifestyle changes that can prevent diabetes from developing.
Our diabetic and nutrition educator, Jennifer Gartland, helps diabetes patients understand the importance of and administration of insulin therapy, either through an insulin pump or insulin injections. Patients also learn about glucose monitoring which can be one of the most powerful tools in controlling diabetes.
Another important part of managing diabetes or preventing diabetes from developing is good nutrition. In some cases, this means a low sugar diet or sugar-free diet. Our diabetic and nutrition educator will help you develop a diet plan that works for your lifestyle and helps you manage your diabetes or other health concerns.
To make an appointment with our diabetic/nutrition educator, please call 704-316-6360 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.