More than 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes—and one quarter of them do not know they have the disease. A chronic condition that is characterized by extremely high levels of sugar in the blood, diabetes is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle with all ages being susceptible. While there is no cure for diabetes, the disease can be controlled.
The Franciscan St. Anthony Health Diabetes Center offers a variety of treatment and educations programs to help achieve health goals and maintain good control over diabetes. At the center, we are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care.
Should I See a Specialist?
Causes and risk factors are different for each type of diabetes. Use our DecisionAssist tool to help you decide whether or not to see a diabetes specialist.
Did you know?
Regular visits to the doctor and an awareness of the causes and signs of diabetes can lead to an earlier diagnosis.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body is unable to produce insulin or doesn’t use it properly. Insulin, a hormone that converts sugars and other foods into energy and regulates blood glucose, is produced in the pancreas.
There are two types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: Generally affecting children and young adults, type 1 diabetes is caused when the pancreatic cells that produce insulin are attacked and destroyed by the body. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1 in 400 to 600 children and adolescents have type 1 diabetes.
- Type 2 Diabetes: Approximately 90 – 95% of diabetics are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 is affected by weight, activity level, eating habits, and family history. With type 2 diabetes, the body can manufacture insulin, but it cannot use it correctly. Although this type is most often found in people over the age of 45, it is increasingly being diagnosed in children.
Classes and Support Groups
Diabetes classes and support groups strive to equip participants with the tools and education needed to control their diabetes diagnosis.