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Learning to Control Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious problem when left untreated:

  • It is the sixth leading cause of death by disease in the United States.
  • It causes 12,000 to 24,000 people to lose their sight each year.
  • It accounts for 56,000 leg and foot amputations each year.
  • It is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • It increases the chance of having heart disease or suffering a stroke by two to four times.

Diabetes is a disease that can have serious effects on many parts of your body, sometimes permanently. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart and kidney disease, amputations, blindness, and other serious problems. Scientific research has proven that controlling blood sugar levels can reduce the long-term complications of diabetes, and helping you control your blood sugar levels over the long-term is what our diabetes program is all about.

Our caring, experienced staff of dietitians, diabetes educators, and registered nurses will help you learn to control your diabetes by eating healthy, exercising, and taking your medicines the right way. We provide this education and support through our Outpatient Services and, if you ever are hospitalized, through our Inpatient Services.

Inpatient Services

Management of your blood sugar level is important, perhaps more important when you are in the hospital. Recent studies have shown that keeping blood sugar levels near normal while hospitalized can help prevent infections and improve outcomes overall. Our experienced staff understands your special needs. They will work in the hospital with your doctor and nurses to give you the highest quality care for your diabetes and other conditions. This includes managing your blood sugars, providing for your nutritional needs, and teaching you basic skills to manage your diabetes once you leave the hospital. To ask questions about your diabetes care, get more information about our programs and services, or for a referral to participate in our Outpatient Services, ask your doctor or call our Diabetes Center at 301-618-6555 between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.