Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when your body fails to make enough insulin or, if it does, the body does not use it properly. Insulin is the hormone that helps balance the amount of sugar in your blood by changing it into the energy needed for daily life. Your blood always has some glucose (sugar) in it because your body needs glucose for energy to keep you going. Too much glucose in the blood causes pre-diabetes or diabetes.



Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes occurs when your body fails to make enough insulin or, if it does, the body does not use it properly. Insulin is the hormone that helps balance the amount of sugar in your blood by changing it into the energy needed for daily life. Your blood always has some glucose (sugar) in it because your body needs glucose for energy to keep you going. Too much glucose in the blood causes pre-diabetes or diabetes.



Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease. Insulin is being produced, but the body doesn’t use it to convert the sugar to stored energy or the pancreas may not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes can occur in all age groups, but it is diagnosed most often in adults age 45 or older. Diet and physical activity help to control type 2 diabetes. Most people also need to take diabetes pills or insulin.


Resources



Virtual community group

We invite you to participate in our virtual community group offerings. Each meeting is led by a disease management clinician providing education and facilitating discussions focused on individual diabetes care needs and solutions. Participants share their success as well as their struggles with exercise, stress/stress management and how to get back on track. The online group provides a forum for education and support as well as diabetes management tips, recipe ideas and exchanges, carb counting, glycemic index and other topics of interest as suggested by the individual participants of the group.

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