The Providence Hospital Diabetes Center provides comprehensive diabetes education to those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes. The center has earned CDC Full Recognition which means we offer a quality, evidence-based program that meets the high standards and rigid criteria required for this designation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our program has also been recognized the American Diabetes Association.
6701 Airport Boulevard
Building D, Suite 436
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 639-2070 Fax
The Diabetes Center is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body either doesn’t produce insulin or doesn’t use it properly which results in the abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates which causes blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels to rise higher than normal. It is diagnosed with simple blood tests to determine blood glucose levels. Approximately 30 million Americans are living with diabetes but have a higher risk of such serious health complications as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and the loss of toes, feet or legs. Risk of death for adults with diabetes is five times higher than in those who do not have the disease.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, Type 1 occurs in only 5 percent of people with diabetes.
The body breaks down sugars and starches into a simple sugar called glucose which is used for energy. Insulin is a hormone that allows the glucose into the bloodstream to move into the cells of the body. In Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce insulin so it isn’t able to use the glucose. To treat Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is needed.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. With Type 2, the body does not use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas, which makes insulin, makes extra insulin, but it cannot keep up with the amount the body requires to keep blood glucose at normal levels.
Many women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, usually around the 24th week. It is not an indication that the woman had diabetes before she conceived or that she will have diabetes after giving birth, but it should be monitored by a physician.
What is Prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a blood glucose level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Nearly 90 million Americans – and more than a third of all Alabamians – have prediabetes. Most don’t know they have it because prediabetes has no clear symptoms. Prediabetes increases the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Without intervention, 15 – 30 percent of those with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years. Anyone diagnosed with prediabetes should be checked for Type 2 diabetes every one to two years.
Symptoms of High Blood Glucose
• Increased thirst
• Increased urination
• Increased hunger
• Blurred vision
• Dry itchy skin
• Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
The good news is that high blood glucose levels present in prediabetes can be returned to normal levels so that Type 2 diabetes is avoided in most people. How? By losing as little as 7 percent of body weight and exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Are you at risk?
Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more about risk factors for prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Stay Well Prevent Diabetes Program
To help you lose weight, prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure and feel energized, the Providence Hospital Diabetes Center offers the Stay Well Prevent Diabetes Program. If you have prediabetes or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, you can benefit from this year-long CDC-approved program. In the Stay Well Prevent Diabetes Program, a trained lifestyle coach will guide and encourage you to eat healthy, manage stress, get enough sleep and find time for fitness. Weekly classes provide the education you need and friendly support by other participants in the program who share the same health goals.
The Providence Hospital Diabetes Center offers individual and group instruction to help you gain knowledge to control your disease, avoid complications and enhance skills for a healthier life. Our Certified Diabetes Educators include registered nurses and registered dietitian/nutritionists.
We can help you stay healthy and keep your blood glucose and A1c in the
“Glycemic Control Green Zone”:
Our classes include:
- Diabetes Made Simple
This course is for adults with diabetes and their family members to help develop self-management skills. Class discussion includes meal planning, physical activity, self-blood glucose monitoring, recognizing and preventing complications, medical review, stress and coping skills. This one-day class is offered several times each month and includes a buffet lunch for you and one guest.
- Diabetes and Pregnancy
This class is offered weekly for women with previous diabetes or gestational diabetes.
- Insulin and Other Injectable Medication Training
This class trains participants how to use injectable medication equipment use and how to safely dispose of it. You’ll also gain an understanding of the medication and action, and learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment of hypoglycemia.
- Insulin Pump Training
This class provides comprehensive hands-on training to learn the skills needed to successfully use an insulin pump. You’ll also learn how carbohydrate counting is an important component of achieving good blood sugar control.
- Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training
During this course, one of our certified diabetes educators will apply a professional continuous glucose monitor which you will wear for 14 days. The monitor provides glucose readings every five minutes which give us important information that will be used to make treatment decisions to help improve your glucose control. Personal continuous glucose monitor training is provided to patients who purchase their own monitor.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
Medical nutrition therapy is provided for any medical condition and includes one follow-up visit. Assistance is provided for conditions such as:
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Digestive disorders
• Elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides
• Kidney disease
• Weight management
If you are interested in diabetes education or individual nutrition counseling, ask your physician to fax us a referral at (251) 639-2070. Please check with your health insurance provider for benefits and co-pays.
Services are provided in the Diabetes Center located in Providence Medical Office Building D, Suite 436, adjacent to Providence Hospital.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call (251) 633-1987.