Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high blood glucose levels resulting from the body's inability to use or produce insulin.

  • Type 1 diabetes (diagnosed in children and young adults)

  • Type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes, usually diagnosed in adults)

  • Gestational diabetes (occurs during pregnancy)

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.


Common symptoms include:

  • Excessive urination

  • Increased thirst and/or hunger

  • Blurred vision

  • Fatigue

  • Weight loss

  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal

  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet


Plans of care are customized according to each patient's individual needs and may include:

  • Education about the disease process and treatment options

  • Meal planning

  • Physical activity

  • Foot care

  • Medication management

  • Glucose monitoring

  • Education about how to prevent acute complications

  • Detecting and treating chronic complications

  • Day-to-day management

  • Behavior changes


There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing a proper diet with exercise and your prescribed medications can help you control your weight and keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.

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