Diabetes Services

Diabetes Services

According to the American Diabetes Association, 30.3 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes. Dupont Hospital's specially trained staff offer life-changing care and guide patients to a healthier way of life.

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Insulin is needed to turn glucose (sugar) and other food into energy. Sugar buildup in the bloodstream can damage the body's organs. Common symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive thirst

Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's insulin-producing cells are destroyed. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but is typically diagnosed in children and young adults.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for the most diagnosed diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is commonly associated with:

  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Race and ethnicity

Gestational diabetes affects approximately 9 percent of all pregnant women. Women who had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 to 20 years after pregnancy. Their children are also at a higher risk for diabetes.