Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is more common in children but can occur at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, a hormone that helps the body use sugar for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin the rest of their lives.
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Type 2 diabetes
This is the most common type of diabetes in older adults, though it is on the rise in children. With type 2 diabetes, cells resist insulin and glucose. The pancreas, which produces insulin, tries to overcome the resistance by producing more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas is no longer able to produce a sufficient amount. Type 2 diabetes can be managed through diet changes, increased physical activity, and medication.
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Our Outpatient Diabetes Program offers Diabetes Self-Management Therapy, a 10-hour class series for people and families who live with diabetes. Learn diabetes basics and day-to-day skills:
- Healthy diet for people with diabetes
- Role of blood glucose monitoring
- Modified diet for people with complications such as renal or heart disease
- Preventing complications of diabetes
- Diabetes medications
Doctor’s referral is required for insurance reimbursement
In addition to our Diabetes Self-Management Therapy class series, these services are recommended for insulin-dependent patients:
- Insulin Pump Program
This program is available for people interested in using an insulin pump. Doctor’s referral is required
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensor (CGMS)
This system gathers in-depth glucose information for three consecutive days, to help management of diabetes. Doctor’s referral is required
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