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Diabetes Management

Signature Healthcare's Diabetes Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its comprehensive team approach, Self Management Education (SME) and coordination for diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, managing diabetes is a balancing act. You need to balance food, exercise, medication and stress. It is vital to check your blood sugar levels to know how well you are managing your diabetes. Signature Healthcare offers tools to manage your diabetes and your healthy eating habits. We offer a multi-disciplinary team approach that includes Board Certified Endocrinologists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Diabetes Educators and Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists.

Consultation is provided to assess a patient’s medical and educational needs with the goal of improving diabetes self-management skills and quality of life.

A full evaluation includes:

  • Medical history
  • Medication evaluation
  • Assessment of diabetic complications
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Assessment of diabetes self care behaviors such as glucose testing, medication schedule and compliance, meal planning, and exercise

Insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring are offered as appropriate, in addition to Free monthly Diabetes Support Group meetings.

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood. When this happens, the body is not able to use the glucose for energy. This occurs when the insulin does not work right.

With Diabetes, the pancreas, an organ near the stomach, may not make any insulin or not enough insulin. Sometimes, the body is unable to use the insulin it does make. So the glucose remains in the blood stream. This causes blood sugar levels to rise.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes used to be known as insulin dependant mellitus or juvenile diabetes. Only 5-10% of people who have diabetes have type 1. With type 1 diabetes, the body attacks it’s own insulin making cells. This means that the pancreas can no longer make insulin. Type 1 usually occurs in a child, teenager or young adult, but it can occur in older adults too. People with Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin daily for life, to control their blood sugar levels.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes was called non-insulin dependant diabetes mellitus or adult onset diabetes in the past. It occurs in 90-95% of all people with diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin but it may not make enough. Sometimes the insulin doesn’t work as it should. Type 2 is often called adult-onset diabetes, but a growing number of children and teens now have type 2 diabetes.

Risk Factors of Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Race/ethnicity (African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian