Diabetes Care

Community-Focused Diabetes Care in Goldsboro, NC

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 of 9%. Wayne UNC Health Care is focused on providing treatment and education to help curb this growing problem.


Wayne UNC Health Care 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 in Goldsboro, NC.

Diabetes Treatment from Wayne UNC Health Care

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:

Diabetes Education

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 for Nutrition and Diabetes Health is Wayne County’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 Nutritional and Diabetes Health, 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 learn more, read Dr. Okeke’s answers to questions about diabetes by clicking the “Diabetes Q&A” tab below or contact his office at Wayne Health Medical Clinic by calling 919.587.4940.

For more information about our Goldsboro diabetes care or if you have questions about your diabetes, please email diabetes@waynehealth.org or contact us online. You can also find out more about our Diabetes Support Group and see our meeting schedule on our event calendar.

Wayne UNC Health Care offers a number of inpatient and outpatient diabetes services in Goldsboro, NC to serve the Wayne County community, including patients in Clinton, Greenville, Kinston, LaGrange, Mount Olive, Princeton, Rocky Mount, Smithfield and Wilson, NC.

Diabetes Care Doctors

Frequently Asked Questions

What is diabetes?

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.

Am I at risk for diabetes?

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

What should I do if I have some of these risk factors?

You should talk with your health care provider to discuss ways you can prevent diabetes and ask to be tested for diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

There are several symptoms that may indicate you have diabetes, including:

• Increased thirst
• Frequent urination
• Increased hunger
• Rapid weight loss
• Fatigue
• Blurred vision
• Frequent infections

What should I do if I have any of these symptoms?

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.