We found 5 providers with an interest in diabetes near Gastonia, NC.

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Dr. Adolphus Solomon Bonar, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2544 Court Drive; Suite A
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Adolphus Bonar specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Bonar studied medicine at The University of Liberia, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. He trained at Howard University Hospital for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Bonar include diabetes. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Bonar is professionally affiliated with Gaston Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Richard Anthony Van Meter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3715 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Richard Van Meter sees patients in Gastonia, NC. His medical specialty is family medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and physical exams. Dr. Van Meter is in-network for Medicare insurance. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Van Meter include: NCQA Diabetes Physician Recognition Program; National Diabetes Quality Care, NCQA; and Gaston County Best Primary Care, Gaston Gazette Readers. His professional affiliations include Carolinas HealthCare System and CaroMont Health.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Preventive Care, Physical Exams, Diabetes

Dr. Barry Anthony Scanlan, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3715 Union Road
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Barry Scanlan practices general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scanlan's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and physical exams. He is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System and CaroMont Health. He accepts Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Scanlan has received the distinction of NCQA Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1021 X Ray Drive
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. James Needell practices general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Needell is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Needell accepts Medicare insurance. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Needell completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Sudipta Mazumder, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
2525 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Sudipta Mazumder is a hospitalist in Charlotte, NC and Gastonia, NC. Before performing her residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Mazumder attended R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital and the University of Calcutta for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Mazumder include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Mazumder's professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Union, and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Stroke, Heart Failure

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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