Diabetes Treatment Program
The Diabetes Treatment Program helps clients manage their diabetes with inpatient education and counseling.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1, which is generally diagnosed at an early age and requires insulin injections because the body does not produce any insulin at all, and Type 2, in which the pancreas produces insulin, but the amount is insufficient or not processed appropriately. Both types are serious and must be controlled to prevent complications associated with long-term elevated blood sugar levels, such as blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease and amputations, heart disease and stroke. Gestational diabetes may be diagnosed during pregnancy, and can lead to uncontrolled blood sugars which may be harmful to the developing baby. While diabetes is a chronic disease, the risk of serious complications can be minimized if the disease is controlled properly. The most important tools in controlling diabetes include communication with a physician and quarterly physician visits if blood sugar levels remain elevated, consistent use of a blood sugar meter, effective exercise and meal planning, appropriate medications and stress reduction techniques.
Know the symptoms
Symptoms of diabetes may include:
- Frequent urination
- Cuts that are slow to heal
- Recurring vaginal infections
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
Some people who have diabetes experience no symptoms. Discuss your risk of developing diabetes with your physician. Even if you're not at high risk, all persons over age 40 should get an annual blood sugar test to screen for diabetes.
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