Keeping Your Diabetes and Complications Under Control
While there is no cure, many of the complications associated with diabetes can be prevented. Learning to live successfully with diabetes requires specific skills, self-care knowledge and a positive outlook. The competent and expertly trained staff at Franciscan Health is ready to help diabetics take control of their health.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans – adults and children. It is a lifelong disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. There is more than one type of diabetes and each is caused by different factors:
Because blood flows to every part of your body, the effects of high blood sugar can result in a number of health problems. Diabetes is a chronic disease, which means:
- Diabetes does not go away.
- Diabetes requires ongoing medical care that will likely change over time as diabetes progresses.
- You must play an active, consistent role in managing it.
A team approach to diabetes care
Diabetes care at Franciscan Health is made up of specialists in endocrinology, nutrition services, health psychology and diabetes education to create a personalized treatment plan that integrates the medical, nutritional and behavioral aspects of diabetes care. Our teams collaborate with many primary care providers to ensure that diabetes care is comprehensive and well-coordinated for all patients with diabetes.
Diabetes changes over time, so it’s important to have regular check-ups. Once you’ve been diagnosed, your physician will arrange several diabetes tests. If you haven’t had these tests or don’t understand what the results mean, be sure to talk to your health care professional at your next office visit.
We offer diabetes classes which are recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
Why choose Franciscan Health for your diabetes care?
We are living in an era of rapid changes in understanding and the management of diabetes. New information and techniques are continually being developed. As a major, comprehensive healthcare system, Franciscan Health has the resources and personnel to stay at the leading edge of diabetes treatment. Early and steady accesses to accurate information and technology help our patients better manage their diabetes.
Additionally, many of our family physicians and internal medicine doctors have been recognized by the Diabetes Recognition Program of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. This voluntary program is designed to recognize physicians and other clinicians, who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes.