Managing and Preventing Diabetes
The rate of diabetes among our residents is growing at an alarming rate; 12% of those living in Wayne County have been diagnosed as diabetic, a number considerably higher than the national average. Wayne Memorial Hospital is focused on providing treatment and education to help curb this growing problem.
Wayne Memorial Hospital offers support for both our inpatients and outpatients. We also offer assistance to our patients who develop diabetes during pregnancy or those who would like help preventing diabetes. Our team includes doctors, registered nurses, registered dietitians, and certified diabetes educators who specialize in diabetes prevention and management.
What to Expect
For Inpatients with Diabetes
Our nurses, doctors and dietitians strive to give you the highest quality of care for your diabetes while you are a patient in the Hospital. This care includes managing your blood sugar, adjusting your medications as needed, providing for your nutritional needs and teaching you basic skills to manage your diabetes once you leave our Hospital.
An inpatient clinical diabetes educator is available for consultation anytime during your stay with us. Your physician or nurse may consult the clinical diabetes educator or you may request a consult be made on your behalf.
For Outpatients with Diabetes
Our diabetes team works with your primary care physician to help you manage your diabetes and prevent complications. Your physician may refer you to one or more of our outpatient specialty services, which include:
The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Health is staffed by certified clinical diabetes educators and provides education and support for diabetic patients and their families.
The Center is our area’s only American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized education center. For our patients, ADA recognition means the Center has met the national standards for diabetes self-management education.
Once you have been referred to the Center, you will receive an individualized education plan that includes instruction on topics relevant to you and your specific diabetes treatment plan, education needs and lifestyle. One-on-one nutrition counseling is also available.
For more information about the Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Health, click here or call 919.731.6508
Dr. Alfred Okeke is a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes. Dr. Okeke provides advanced care for patients with diabetes. His expertise is especially for those patients who have trouble keeping their blood sugar within normal limits.
To contact Dr. Okeke’s office at Wayne Health Medical Clinic, please call
For more information about any of our diabetes services or if you have questions about your diabetes, please email email@example.com.
Q: What is diabetes?
A: Diabetes is a disease that results from the body’s inability to produce and/or use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps convert what you eat into the energy needed for your body to function properly. Diabetes causes high glucose (sugar) levels and, if left untreated, can result in serious complications.
Q: Am I at risk for diabetes?
A: There are several risk factors that may lead to diabetes, including:
• You have a family history of diabetes
• Your are a woman with a history of gestational diabetes or have had a baby that weighed nine pounds or more at birth
• You are a male
• You are African-American, Hispanic or Native American
• You are over 40 years old
• You smoke
• You are overweight or obese
• You do not exercise regularly
Q: What should I do if I have some of these risk factors?
A: You should talk with your health care provider to discuss ways you can prevent diabetes and ask to be tested for diabetes.
Q: What are the symptoms of diabetes?
A: There are several symptoms that may indicate you have diabetes, including:
• Increased thirst
• Frequent urination
• Increased hunger
• Rapid weight loss
• Blurred vision
• Frequent infections
Q: What should I do if I have any of these symptoms?
A: It is important that you see a health care provider immediately if you think you may have diabetes. Your health care provider can perform a simple blood test to see if you have diabetes. If you do not have a health care provider, click here to find a doctor.