Total Diabetes Care
At Banner Health, we offer diabetes education, support and medical management through our primary care physicians, specialists and outpatient clinics.
What Is Diabetes?
When you eat, your body breaks food down into the nutrients you need — carbohydrates (including sugar), proteins, fats, proteins and vitamins. The pancreas, one of the major organs in your body, is essential to part of this breakdown process. It secretes a hormone called insulin, which helps convert sugar (glucose) into the energy your body needs.
Are There Different Types of Diabetes?
Sometimes, the pancreas does not produce insulin, and the result is type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes usually develops in children and young adults.
When the body cannot make enough insulin or the insulin isn’t used correctly (insulin resistance), type 2 diabetes results.
Other types of diabetes are:
- Gestational diabetes – diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy
- Prediabetes – when blood tests show an increase in blood glucose that indicates a risk for diabetes
Where Can I Find Care for My Diabetes?
We diagnose and treat all types of diabetes in children and adults. Our diabetes self-management education programs help you learn how to successfully manage your condition.
Diabetes Treatment & Care
At Banner Health, we have a variety of tools and tips to help you manage your diabetes successfully.
We offer the following diabetes services:
Blood sugar levels, also called blood glucose levels, let you know if your diabetes is under control. Blood sugar levels can be too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). If you keep your blood sugar level in a healthy range, you can reduce your risk for diabetes-related complications. You may even prevent type 2 diabetes, if you’re diagnosed as prediabetic.
You’re the most important team member when it comes to managing your diabetes to avoid complications. We’re here to get you started and to provide guidance and support along the way.
If you have diabetes, you need to take good care of yourself — 24 hours a day.
Take 5 to manage your diabetes:
- Make healthy food choices – your dietitian can help with suggestions and meal plans
- Stay active
- Test your blood sugar regularly
- Get routine checkups
- If you are on medication, take it as directed