Diabetes Specialist

Allora Med Spa

Medical Spa & Skin Revitalization located in Hickory, NC

If you’re experiencing the subtle signs of diabetes — such as excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision, and fatigue — schedule a diabetes screening with Lawrence Carter, MDVip, at Allora Med Spa. Dr. Carter offers comprehensive diabetes prevention and management for residents of Hickory, North Carolina. To schedule your screening, call the office or use the online scheduler to book now.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is an illness that causes your blood sugar or blood glucose to elevate to unhealthy levels. There are three types of diabetes:

Type 1

When you have Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas fails to make insulin — a hormone that transports glucose to your cells — due to an autoimmune disorder. If you have no insulin production, excess glucose stays in your bloodstream and can cause serious problems. This often shows up in childhood.

Telltale symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are:

  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Dry skin
  • Tingling or numbness in your feet
  • Blurry vision
  • Excess hunger or thirst

The only treatment for Type 1 diabetes is insulin, which is administered through a pump or injection.

Type 2

When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body misuses the insulin that your pancreas makes. This is the most common form of diabetes and often strikes in adulthood. Symptoms for this type of diabetes develop slowly over time, and include:

  • Losing weight without effort
  • Slow healing sores
  • Extreme thirst
  • Sudden hunger

Though the symptoms come on gradually, some people never have any symptoms at all.

Are you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is preventable, and it can be both avoided and managed with food choices, lifestyle, and exercise. It’s imperative to do all you can to prevent diabetes because once it develops, you have to manage your blood glucose levels permanently.

How is Type 2 diabetes treated?

Before Dr. Carter administers any type of medication, he recommends changes in your diet and exercise. It’s important to get plenty of sleep, drink a lot of water, maintain a healthy weight, and eat foods that don’t spike blood sugar.

Dr. Carter meets with you to understand your health history and what contributed to the development of Type 2 diabetes. He fully customizes your plan to match your lifestyle and offers comprehensive support as you learn to make changes to optimize your health.

If you need knowledgeable, prevention-minded help with any type of diabetes, request a consultation with Dr. Carter today. Call today or book an appointment online.