Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease, which, if not controlled, can be life threatening. It is often associated with long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body.

Diabetes can, among other things, contribute to eye disorders and blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputation and nerve damage. It can affect pregnancy and cause birth defects as well.

There are three different types of diabetes.

  • Type 1: Your body does not make insulin. 
  • Type 2: Your body does not make enough insulin or can't use it properly.
  • Gestational diabetes: This happens during pregnancy. A hormone made by your placenta keeps your body from using insulin as it should.

We have an online Diabetes Health Center to help you identify the tools and resources to help prevent and manage diabetes. You can learn interesting facts about the disease and read about the complications

Treatments

Diabetes treatment depends on the type and severity of your diabetes as well as your age, overall health and medical history.

People with Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin injections, often several times per day, because they no longer produce insulin. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may need oral medicine or injections to help your body use the insulin it creates.

Diet and exercise are also very important forms of treatment, and can often bring blood glucose levels down to normal.

Visit the health library for more treatment and management options. 

 

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Symptoms and Screenings for Diabetes

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Causes and Preventions for Diabetes

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Education and Resources for Diabetes

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Support groups for Diabetes

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