Primary Care Doctor located in Hampstead, NC

Having diabetes is tough. We understand. You have to really watch what you eat.  There are lots of pills to take.   You have to jab your finger several times a day to check your sugar.  Having diabetes is tough, but we are here to help.  Doctor James Manning, MD, Holly Kilian, FNP, and the team are experts at managing diabetes and we will work with you to get your sugars under control.  More importantly, we'll watch you closely for any kidney or nerve issues (neuropathy) that diabetes can cause.  We can help make it a lot easier to manage diabetes and to prevent complications down the road.   See doctor Manning and Holly at Hampstead Internal Medicine in Hampstead, North Carolina.  Schedule an evaluation by phone or online today.

Diabetes QA

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that makes it difficult for your body to control blood sugar. It can lead to high amounts of sugar in your blood, which, over time, can cause nerve damage, kidney problems, eye issues, and numerous other complications. Visit Hampstead Internal Medicine for a diabetes screening if you’re at risk of diabetes, develop symptoms, or need to manage it effectively.

What are the different forms of diabetes?

Various forms of diabetes exist.

Type 2 diabetes often develops after age 40 due to lifestyle habits. It affects how your body utilizes insulin, a hormone that helps control blood sugar. 

Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed during childhood and causes your body to make too little insulin.

Prediabetes often appears before type 2 diabetes due to unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy in pregnant women, but it might disappear after delivery.

What symptoms can diabetes cause?

At first, you may not have any symptoms of diabetes, but you might eventually develop:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent infections

When not treated, diabetes can lead to kidney disease, eye issues, nerve damage, dementia, heart disease, foot problems, skin conditions, and depression. 

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes risk factors depend on the type of diabetes you have. Type 1 diabetes typically results from genetic factors, while unhealthy lifestyle habits increase your risk of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Examples include excessive weight, lack of exercise, and poor dietary habits. 

How is diabetes diagnosed?

Your Hampstead Internal Medicine provider offers in-house and same-day lab testing to diagnose diabetes. They take a sample of your blood to determine if the blood sugar levels are too high. Your specialist also checks your vital signs, reviews your medical history, completes a physical exam, and may order additional diagnostic testing if necessary. 

How is diabetes treated?

Treating diabetes involves adopting healthy lifestyle habits, taking oral diabetes medications, injecting insulin, using an insulin pump, or a combination of treatments. Your Hampstead Internal Medicine provider tailors each solution to your personalized needs and follows up with you to effectively manage your blood sugar long-term.

Schedule a diabetes evaluation at Hampstead Internal Medicine by phone or online today.