Diabetes Education

Understand your diabetes

More than 29 million people in the U.S. live with diabetes. Another 79 million are at risk of developing the disease.

Diabetes occurs when your body has a shortage of insulin or when your body loses its ability to use insulin or both. Insulin lowers your blood sugar and converts glucose (sugar) to energy. Too much sugar in the blood causes damage to the body. People with diabetes have a higher incidence of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure, as well as a higher risk for amputation of lower limbs.

The basics about diabetes

When you eat a meal, food breaks down into sugar or glucose. This glucose goes into your bloodstream and the blood glucose then elevates. The body produces insulin, which takes the glucose into the body cells to be used for energy. When you have diabetes, your body cannot produce enough insulin or can't use the insulin it does produce in the correct way.

Find out your risk factors for diabetes

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications.

Common symptoms of diabetes

Risk factors for pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes

Vital information

Types of diabetes

We treat diabetes differently, based on how your body produces or uses insulin.

Type 1

Type 2

Gestational diabetes


Insulin resistance

Metabolic syndrome

We can help

Our individualized diabetes education program is designed to help newly diagnosed patients or those living with diabetes who need assistance. For more information about our diabetes education program or community screening dates for diabetes, call (574) 364-2746.

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