Diabetes is a condition caused when your body is unable to produce enough, or any, insulin, which causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. If left untreated, it can cause very serious complications, including heart disease, and kidney, eye and nerve damage.
Diabetes can come in several forms, but with the right help you can easily learn how to live with, and manage, your diabetes diagnosis. Our physicians and diabetes education team will work with you to create a care plan that is right for you.
Types of Diabetes
There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type I (also called juvenile Diabetes) – develops in children and young adults. In Type I Diabetes, the body does not produce enough or any insulin.
- Type II (also called adult-onset Diabetes) – this is the most common form of Diabetes, affecting roughly 16 million Americans. In Type II Diabetes, the body cannot produce enough insulin, or the insulin produced is ignored by the body.
Is there a cure for Diabetes?
There is no cure for Diabetes, but there are many treatments available. It’s important to follow your doctor’s treatment plan precisely, as this can add many quality years to your life.
To learn more about diabetes, please visit:
Diabetes Support Group
The Elkhart General Hospital Diabetes Support Group gives adults with diabetes and their families and friends continuing support. Monthly meetings (except in July and August) feature a variety of topics related to diabetes presented by health care experts. View 2019 Calendar
For information on Diabetes Education classes, please call Centralized Scheduling at 574.523.3444 (Elkhart General) or 574.647.7700 (Memorial)