At Rutland Regional Medical Center, our Diabetes & Endocrinology Center is certified by the American Diabetes Association. Our specially trained team works together with patients and their doctors to prevent and treat diabetes and the serious side effects associated with this condition.
Diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects your body’s ability to produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that helps the body convert food to glucose (sugar), which is the main source of fuel for the body.
There are three main types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes. The Center treats all three. While they are similar in regard to the build-up of blood glucose, there are differences in cause and treatment:
- Type 1 Diabetes. Which used to be known as “juvenile diabetes” because it can develop early in life, this is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This results in a low amount of insulin or none at all. People with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily.
- Type 2 Diabetes. This type of diabetes is a result of the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or to properly use it. Some cases of Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with diet, exercise and weight loss but many also require oral medications, insulin, or other newer medications.
- Gestational Diabetes. This condition can occur in pregnant women who have not been diagnosed with diabetes in the past. Gestational diabetes may be controlled with diet, physical activity and possibly insulin and usually disappears after delivery. Women with gestational diabetes are at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life.
- Pediatric Diabetes Care. We provide specialized care for children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. Our staff works with patients, families, schools and care providers to teach self care and medication management techniques, helping children to establish life-long habits for managing the disease.