In Type 2 diabetes, the body has problems using insulin effectively. This can cause changes in your blood sugar that can damage the rest of your body. At the Blessing Diabetes Center, we help you manage diabetes effectively so you can live a healthy, full, active life.
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 95 percent of diabetes cases in the United States. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be diagnosed in people of all ages.
Here’s what you should know about each:
Type 1 diabetes: This chronic autoimmune disease is often diagnosed early in life. Because their bodies cannot make enough insulin, the hormone responsible for processing sugar, people need to take insulin daily. You can use shots or an insulin pump to deliver insulin through a catheter under your skin. Learn more about Type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes: In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not use insulin effectively, sometimes called insulin resistance. Diet and lifestyle changes can play a big role in effectively managing Type 2 diabetes. Some people need daily medication as well.
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
Some people with Type 2 diabetes show few or no symptoms when they are diagnosed. However, diabetes can still cause problems even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
Pay particular attention to the most common signs of Type 2 diabetes, especially if you are overweight or diabetes runs in your family. These factors raise your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Common symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include:
Extreme thirst or hunger
Non-healing wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers
Our Diabetes Care: Experience the Blessing Difference
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause long-term damage to your eyes and organs. Our specialists work closely with patients to minimize that risk and help you live well with diabetes.
The Blessing Diabetes Center offers patients with Type 2 diabetes:
Convenience: Diabetes educators, dietitians, podiatrists and more: We are all here, so you do not have to go anywhere else. Learn more about our team.
A top-notch education program: All newly diagnosed diabetes patients participate in our 7-week self-management program. Here, specialists give you all the guidance you need to master the basics of diabetes management. Our program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association, which means it meets strict guidelines for offering comprehensive care. Learn more about managing Type 2 diabetes.
Care that focuses on you: Every new patient meets first with one of our nurses, for a detailed assessment that highlights your specific challenges and answers your questions. This individualized format lets us match recommendations to your needs, goals and lifestyle.
Family focus: Your family wants to see you succeed. We include family members in our education classes to get everyone working toward the same goal: living a healthy life with diabetes.
To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call (217) 223-8400, ext. 5900.