Diabetes is a serious health condition. But people with diabetes can learn how to manage and control their disease. In the Franciscan St. Elizabeth Diabetes Center our staff will help you develop the tools and resources to help you best manage your Diabetes.
Franciscan St. Elizabeth Diabetes Education—part of Franciscan Healthy Living Center—is a complete outpatient self-management education and training program. Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed. We will help you and your family learn how to make healthy choices to best manage your disease.
Our specialized staff will develop a program just for you, under the supervision of your doctor. Our staff includes certified diabetes educators, registered nurses and registered dietitians.
How do I get started?
You need a doctor’s referral or order to get services from the Diabetes Center. Please contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Endocrinologist about enrolling in our program. If you do not have a Primary Care Provider, please call our toll-free physician referral line at (765) 497-DOCS (3627) or search online.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the body's inability to control its blood sugar level. It is a chronic disease and affects approximately 16 million people nationally. When left untreated, diabetes can lead to long term complications such as:
- Heart attack and stroke
- Loss of Vision
- Kidney failure
Who Gets Diabetes?
There are two types of diabetes:
- Type I diabetes can affect anyone at any age, but is usually diagnosed in children. People who have Type I diabetes are insulin dependent.
- Type II diabetes is also referred to as non-insulin dependent or adult-onset diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is not preventable, but you may be able to prevent Type 2 diabetes. 90 to 95 percent of diabetes in the United States is Type 2.