Managing diabetes is challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Certified by the American Diabetes Association, our Diabetes & Endocrinology Center provides advanced, comprehensive diabetes care in a warm and supportive environment.
We take a team approach, working with you and your primary care physician to treat your diabetes and prevent serious complications associated with your condition. We also encourage you to take an active role in your care by participating in our self-management and support programs.
Types of Diabetes
Diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects your body’s ability to produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that helps your body convert food to glucose (sugar). Because glucose is the main source of fuel for your body, diabetes must be carefully managed to ensure that you feel well and remain healthy.
Our specialists provide the latest treatments and therapies for all three types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called “juvenile diabetes,” is an autoimmune disease that typically develops early in life and causes the body’s immune system to destroy insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Because Type 1 diabetes causes your body to produce little or no insulin, you must take insulin every day.
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes is caused by your body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or use it properly. Mild cases of Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be controlled with dietary changes, exercise and weight loss; however, more severe cases typically must be managed with oral medications or insulin.
- Gestational Diabetes
- Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women who have not been previously diagnosed with diabetes. It can sometimes be controlled with dietary changes and exercise, but may require insulin therapy. Although it usually disappears after delivery, women with gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Pediatric Diabetes Care
If your child has diabetes, our staff will provide your family with specialized care that addresses the unique needs of your child or teen. We take an age-appropriate approach to teaching children and teens about self-care and medication management and help them establish positive lifelong habits to manage their condition. We also educate family members, schools and other caregivers on how to provide diabetes care.