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Overview of diabetes

 
 

Diabetes is a life-long disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can be caused by too little insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar), resistance to insulin, or both.

At Baylor Scott & White Health, we're committed to ongoing research, advanced treatment and development of management programs to help patients with their diabetes care. We provide a comprehensive approach that includes services related to:

  • Cardiology and pulmonology for heart and lung care
  • Neuroscience for care of the nervous system
  • Nephrology for kidney care
  • Ophthalmology to prevent vision loss
  • Orthopedics, physical medicine, rehabilitation and podiatry

We also offer centers that specialize in weight loss surgery and wound care centers for patients with hard-to-heal or non-healing wounds.

 

Types of diabetes

There are three major types of diabetes.

  • Type 1: A chronic condition in which your body produces no insulin and cannot process glucose (blood sugar)
  • Type 2: A chonic condition in which your body doesn't process glucose properly because it doesn't produce enough insulin or your body resists insulin
  • Gestational: A usually temporary rise in blood sugar levels during pregnancy

You might also be diagnosed as prediabetic, meaning your blood sugar is above normal but not yet high enough for you to be considered diabetic.

No matter which form of diabetes you have, or if you want to take steps to prevent diabetes in your future, the healthcare professionals at Baylor Scott & White will work with you on a management program that could include medication, lifestyle changes and nutrition planning.

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Diabetes services

In conjunction with a comprehensive approach to the care of patients with diabetes we also offer centers that specialize from weight loss surgery to wound care.

  • Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes Support Groups/Classes
  • Islet Cell Transplant Program
  • Diabetes Nutrition Counseling
  • Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center

Diabetes Education

Our diabetes education services help patients learn how to successfully manage their diabetes and enhance their overall quality of life by:

  • Reducing your risk of diabetes complications
  • Lowering your emergency or acute care costs
  • Minimizing the need for hospital visits
  • Reducing any lost work or school time

Diabetes Support Groups/Classes

Baylor Scott & White Health offers support groups for patients with diabetes and their families at several locations.

Islet Cell Transplant Program

Islet cell transplantation is giving people with type 1 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis the possibility for new hope. Learn more about islet cell transplantation for diabetes.

Diabetes Nutrition Counseling

Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center

The Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center - Dallas partners individuals with medical staff, health partners and lifestyle coaches to help address the healthcare needs of those at risk for diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Real patients. Real stories

Baylor empowered me to manage my diabetes.

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Diabetes classes and support groups

Baylor Scott & White Health offers diabetes support groups and classes for patients with diabetes and their families at several locations.
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