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At the Blessing Diabetes Center, our specialists are knowledgeable about the disease and empathetic to the chaos it can cause in your life. We help you manage diabetes effectively so you can live a full, active life.

Type 2 Diabetes: What You Should Know

When someone is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it means the body is not using insulin as well as it should. Type 2 diabetes accounts for the vast majority of diabetes cases today. Learn more about Type 2 diabetes.

Diet and lifestyle changes can be an effective way to manage Type 2 diabetes. Sometimes, it can even reverse the condition entirely. After a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, your doctor may propose one or several of these recommendations to manage the disease:

  • Diet changes: You may be asked to monitor your carbohydrate intake. This can include:

    • Eating fewer processed carbohydrates

    • Choosing whole grains, when possible

    • Eating more non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach and other greens

    • Avoiding sugary beverages such as soda and fruit drinks

  • Exercise: Fitting regular activity into your lifestyle can help improve Type 2 diabetes. Every little bit helps and can add up to big gains in managing diabetes.

  • Medication: If diet and exercise are not enough to control blood sugar levels, your doctor may recommend medication that can help bring blood sugar to normal levels.

Our Diabetes Care: Experience the Blessing Difference

With the Blessing Diabetes Center’s self-management program, we make it easy for newly diagnosed patients to control their blood sugar effectively. The program offers:

  • Convenience: Want all your questions answered, in one place? Once your primary care doctor refers you here, there is no need to go anywhere else. Our specialists address all the aspects of diabetes care, including diet, foot care and medication management. Learn more about our team.

  • Wide-ranging education: Our 7-week self-management program promotes healthy habits and attitudes for all newly diagnosed diabetes patients. It is accredited by the American Diabetes Association, so the classes reflect the latest research and cover a wide range of relevant topics.

  • Skilled diabetes experts: Our education classes are taught by providers who specialize in the treatment of diabetes, including nurses, dietitians and certified diabetes educators.

  • Extensive support options: Diabetes management is a team sport. We encourage family members to attend our education classes. We also offer regular support groups so you can connect with others facing similar challenges. No reservation required. We welcome everyone who wants to participate. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at noon and the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call (217) 223-8400, ext. 5900.