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Diabetes Education

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that impacts the way your body digests food. People with diabetes produce too little or no insulin, the hormone that your body uses to process sugar and fat. As a result, they have high blood sugar levels, even after fasting overnight.

Types of Diabetes

There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

In people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. It usually starts before the age of 20.

Type 2 diabetes typically develops later in life; it is also known as adult-onset diabetes. It occurs when your body doesn't produce enough insulin or when your body becomes resistant to insulin.

It is the leading cause of health complications related to diabetes, which can include blindness, amputation due to poor wound healing, and chronic kidney failure.

Gestational diabetes is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. If untreated, it can cause problems for both mother and child. However, it usually resolves around six weeks after giving birth.

Living with Diabetes

Diabetes can negatively impact your overall health and quality of life. We offer diabetes education to help you successfully manage your diabetes. Living well with diabetes means managing your blood sugar, controlling your weight with a balanced meal plan and regular exercise, and taking medication as directed. Our healthcare team will help you develop a personalized plan to effectively manage your diabetes.

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