At TMC, we know how devastating the effects of diabetes can be. With more than
4,000 patients visits in our Diabetes Center annually, we are well equipped
to handle all aspects of the disease.
The Diabetes Center offers a state-of-the-art facility to better serve
the needs of our patients. We believe in helping our
patients manage their diabetes on a planned, rather than episodic basis.
The comprehensive team-approach connects patients with specially trained
physicians and nursing staff. The team coordinates
care with other specialty service provides, such as ophthalmology,
cardiology, podiatry, and other referrals as needed.
The Diabetes Center includes:
A patient resource center with computer
- A patient resource center with computer access
- A diabetes education classroom
- Large consultation rooms for group or individual instruction related
to disease and nutrition
- A patient waiting area designed for comfort
- Expanded exam rooms with advanced technology with access to
electronic health records
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use
insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and
other food into energy needed for daily life. Type 1 Diabetes is an
autoimmune disease in which the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are
destroyed by the patients own body. These patients make no insulin and must
be treated with insulin. A major factor in the development of Type 2
Diabetes is insulin resistance and insulin deficiency. These are worsened
by obesity and lack of exercise. Approximately 90% of patients with
diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes.
Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at increased risk of kidney,
eye, and nerve damage which can be prevented by good glucose control.
Patients with diabetes frequently also have hypertension, elevated
cholesterol levels, and heart disease.
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so
harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes
symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the
complications of diabetes. Here are some warning signs:
Type 1 Diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Type 2 Diabetes*
- Any of the type 1 symptoms
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms
If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, contact the experts
at the TMC Diabetes Center.
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