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What is Diabetes and Why is Self Management Training Important? 

Diabetes TeacherDiabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not make and/or properly use insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps the body use glucose (sugar) the major fuel required for energy throughout the body. Glucose is a form of sugar produced when the body digests carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are contained in breads, grains, vegetables, fruits, desserts, milk, yogurt and sauces. 

When insulin is absent (Type 1) or not as effective (Type 2), the body's level of blood glucose in your blood rises. High blood glucose levels can lead to both short- and long-term complications including heart and kidney disease, amputations, blindness and other serious problems. 

Diabetes affects more than 18 million people in the United States, and more than 5 million people don't even know they have the disease. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by disease in this country, and it increases the chance of having heart disease or a stroke by 2 to 4 times. 

There is no cure for diabetes, but research has shown that proper care including eating the right foods, getting enough exercise and using the proper medication can help prevent long-term complications. Scottsdale Healthcare offers comprehensive programs for both inpatient and outpatient diabetes self management training (DSMT). 

Living a long and healthy life with diabetes is entirely possible. This doesn’t happen though without your understanding of diabetes and your involvement in the care and feeding of your body. An experienced team can help you to prevent, delay or manage diabetes and reduce the risk of complications. Scottsdale Healthcare’s diabetes management program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. At the Endocrinology Institute—Diabetes Center, our Certified Diabetes Educators can show you how. With a personalized approach, you receive the training needed to manage your diabetes and the information required to make changes to unhealthy behavior. The educators will help you understand how your body reacts to food, exercise, oral diabetes medication, insulin and other things that affect diabetes and what you can do to control your blood glucose. The ultimate goal is to help reduce your risk for complications and keep you healthy. 

Knowing is not enough; it’s what you do with what you know. Diabetes Self Management Training can help you improve your quality of life and help reduce fears associated with diabetes.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact the Scottsdale Healthcare Diabetes Center at 480-323-4800, option 1.