When you eat, your body breaks food down into the nutrients you need – carbohydrates (including sugar), proteins, fats and vitamins. The pancreas, one of the major organs in your body, is essential to this breakdown process. It secretes a hormone called insulin, which helps convert sugar (glucose) into the energy your body needs to function. Diabetes is when your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes and too much glucose collects in your blood.
There are 4 main types of diabetes:
At Banner Health, we have a variety of tools and tips to help you manage your diabetes successfully.
At Banner Health, we bring together all the specialists you need to manage your diabetes. Our expertise covers all your symptoms and treatment options with team members that include:
You’re the most important member of your health care team when it comes to managing your diabetes to avoid complications. If you have diabetes, you need to take good care of yourself – 24 hours a day. But we'll be here to get you started and to provide guidance and support along the way.