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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a disease that results in blood sugar levels going too high. 

Type 1 diabetes occurs when an organ called the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin to control blood glucose.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when a person's insulin doesn't work well enough to control blood glucose. Over time, the pancreas' ability to make insulin may diminish. About 90% of all cases of diabetes are type 2. Although people usually develop type 2 diabetes when they are adults, more and more children and teens are developing type 2 diabetes.

Why is diabetes management so important?

Uncontrolled blood glucose can damage the body in many ways. 

High blood glucose levels can damage your circulation.  In fact, diabetes is the #1 cause of new blindness, non-traumatic amputation of the lower extremities and end-stage kidney disease in America.  Keeping your blood glucose in target range reduces your risk of developing these complications.  A person who manages their diabetes, can live a long healthy life!

There are four main types of diabetes mellitus.  Click on the following types of diabetes to learn more:

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Gestational Diabetes

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How we can help

The St. Francis Diabetes Team is here to help you!  Click on the following services to learn more:           

DSMT (Diabetes Self Management Training Program)
MNT (Medical Nutrition Therapy)
Diabetes Support Group

For more information about diabetes, click on the following links:





Have you taken A Journey with Joe into Diabetes?

If you viewed the educational DVD: A Journey with Joe into Diabetes, and are interested in printing an easy one-page hand-out about some of the things you learned, click here:
A Journey with Joe into Diabetes: One-page hand-out

For more information, email Debra Hull RN, BSN @ debra_hull@ssmhc.com or call her at (660) 562-2600 and ask for extension 5050.

**Please contact your health care provider for specific medical advice and/or exercise and dietary recommendations.

**This is intended for general informational purposed only. It is not intended to provide you with medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or prognosis. This information should not be used in place of advice from a qualified medical provider. Consult your health care provider for medical and dietary advice or if you think you have a medical problem. St. Francis Hospital & Health Services disclaims all guarantees regarding the completeness, timeliness, relevance and accuracy of this information.

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