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Diabetes & Endocrinology

Partner with a knowledgeable, board-certified doctor at UNC Health to prevent or manage diabetes, thyroid disorders, or other conditions that affect the endocrine system.

What’s an Endocrinologist?

An endocrinologist is a doctor with advanced training to care for the endocrine system, which includes your:

  • Adrenal glands
  • Hypothalamus
  • Pancreas
  • Pituitary gland
  • Reproductive organs (ovaries or testicles)
  • Thymus gland
  • Thyroid gland and parathyroid glands

Your glands create hormones that control important body functions. If you have an endocrine disorder, abnormal levels of hormones may affect your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Bone health
  • Energy and stress levels
  • Growth during puberty and sexual development
  • Metabolism, or the rate your body uses food for energy

Conditions We Treat

Trust UNC Health for high-quality care for children and adults. Your endocrinologist can diagnose or treat hormone-related diseases, such as:

  • Addison’s disease, also known as adrenal insufficiency
  • Cancers that affect the glands, such as adrenal gland, pancreatic, pituitary gland and thyroid gland cancer
  • Early or late puberty
  • Metabolic bone diseases, such as osteoporosis (weakened bones)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid disorders, such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, goiter, or nodules

Types of Diabetes

Diabetes means the body does not use insulin well. Insulin is a hormone the body needs to process glucose (sugar) from food and turn it into energy. Look to your doctor for care of all forms of diabetes, including:

Services & Treatments

Depending on your symptoms and other factors, your care plan may include:

  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, biopsy of a tissue sample, ultrasound scan, or bone density testing
  • Education
  • Exercise planning
  • Foot care
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications, such as insulin therapy or hormone therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Stress management
  • Surgery
  • Weight management

Coordinated Care

Rely on your endocrinologist to work with your primary care provider so you get care that’s personalized to your unique health needs.

Find a Doctor

Get outstanding, compassionate primary and specialty care from UNC Health. Find a doctor near you to request your appointment and get started.