• Diabetes Counseling and Education

  • Helping you control diabetes through nutrition, exercise, medication and education.

    At St. Mary-Corwin, we provide a full range of diabetes counseling and education to enable you to successfully control your disease while continuing to lead healthy and productive lives.

    Diabetes is a disease affecting 24 million Americans, the most common type being Type 2. People with diabetes have faulty insulin production or insulin resistance; insulin is either absent altogether, or is not used properly by the body. With diabetes, the absence or malfunctioning of insulin causes glucose to build up in the blood, creating potentially dangerous high sugar levels.

    Warning Signs You May Have Diabetes

    • Excessive thirst
    • Extreme hunger
    • Unusual weight loss
    • Fatigue
    • Blurred vision
    • Tingling or numbness in the feet or legs
    • Wounds that do not heal
    • Unexplained rash or darkening of the skin
    • Or no symptoms

    Who Is At Risk Of Diabetes?

    • People who do not exercise regularly
    • People who are overweight
    • African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
    • People with a family history of diabetes
    • Mothers of babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth, or a history of gestational diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol, high triglycerides or high blood pressure
    • People with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    Testing and Treatment

    A simple laboratory blood test such as a hemoglobin A1c test will reveal whether you have diabetes. If you suspect you may have the disease, contact your primary care physician to arrange for a test.

    Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be successfully controlled. For all types, the primary goal is to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range. Because of a variety of factors - age, lifestyle behaviors or pre-existing complications - treatment is highly individualized. While your physician will work with you to develop an appropriate course of treatment, all cases of diabetes can be greatly improved with informed, conscientious attention to healthy lifestyle choices, which include nutrition, exercise and stress management.

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