Today marks my second day practicing in Wilson and I am very proud to bring endocrine services to the area. I’d like to introduce myself to the community and explain a little about our new practice and what types of services we provide.
I am passionate about providing quality medical care to my patients and believe in empowering them to manage their health conditions and that good lifestyle practices are an investment in your personal health.
I’ve recently started practicing at Wilson Endocrinology, part of Wilson Physician Services.
I will work closely with the diabetic education team at Wilson Medical Center to provide comprehensive diabetes care.
Wilson Endocrinology will offer a full range of endocrine services twice a week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I also practice in Henderson at Maria Parham, a Duke LifePoint Hospital.
Since endocrinology is relatively new to this area, I’d like to answer some general questions about this medical specialty.
What is endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the branch of medicine that deals with hormonal disorders.
What is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system is a system of the body that produces hormones. Hormones are solely responsible for regulating multiple bodily functions. There are eight glands that make up the endocrine system, each with their own special function. For example, the pancreas is part of the endocrine system and its primary function is to produce insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels.
What types of conditions does an endocrinologist typically treat?
The most common condition I treat is diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that occurs due to a deficiency in the insulin hormone. The pancreas is the largest gland in the endocrine system and when it does not produce enough insulin, the body cannot regulate glucose (blood sugar) properly. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, nearly 8 percent of the U.S. population is affected by diabetes.
Other common conditions include:
• 1.) Thyroid disorders, which can result from an over- or under-production of the thyroid hormone
• 2.) Osteoporosis and calcium disorders — over- or under-production of parathyroid hormone
• 3.) Thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer
• 4.) Pituitary tumors
• 5.) Pituitary hormonal disorders
• 6.) Adrenal disorders
How do I know if I should see an endocrinologist?
Generally, your primary care physician will diagnose endocrine disorders and they will refer a patient to a specialist like myself. Endocrine conditions are very complex — it is very tough for the patient to know if they have these conditions and would be difficult to diagnose themselves. It is very important that you see a primary care physician regularly, or call your physician if you are having any issues.
Do you see pediatric patients?
No, I see patients who are at least 18 years old.
Where is your office located?
Wilson Endocrinology is a new medical practice that is located at 1700 Tarboro St., Suite 200, in the medical office building across from Wilson Medical Center.
How can I make an appointment?
Our office number is 252-399-5312. You must have a referral from your doctor to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Kris “Reddy” Bhaghayath is board-certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and clinical lipidology.