An endocrinologist diagnoses and treats conditions that affect the glands and hormones. Some common endocrine-related diseases include diabetes, thyroid disease, adrenal disorders, and metabolic disorders.
Memorial Network-affiliated physicians can provide complete care for your endocrine system.
Center for Diabetes Education
Memorial Hospital Belleville offers the Center for Diabetes Education for our patients with diabetes. Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the disease for years, you can turn to Memorial Hospital Belleville’s staff for diabetes education and support. We’re here to provide exceptional healthcare and compassionate service any way we can.
What Is Diabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert food into energy.
Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s failure to produce insulin. While 5 to 10 percent of patients with diabetes suffer from type 1, according to the ADA, approximately 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes (of that about 8.1 million are undiagnosed), a condition that results when the body fails to properly use insulin. In addition, there are 86 million Americans with pre-diabetes.
Some Symptoms of Diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased fatigue
- Blurry vision
If you’re experiencing these symptoms and think diabetes could be the problem, make an appointment with your doctor today!
Understanding Diabetes Is Key
Many patients with diabetes do not realize that proper instruction and management is essential in order to minimize the disease’s long-term complications.
Patients need to be educated about how serious diabetes really is. It is a lifelong, chronic disease that can cause problems like kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and stroke.
Understanding the causes and symptoms is the first step toward decreasing the chance of developing such complications.
The Center for Diabetes Education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
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