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There are several types of diabetes, but the two main types are type 1 and type 2. In both types there is an insulin problem, but for different reasons.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can learn to manage your condition and live a long, healthy, happy life. Even young children can learn to self-manage diabetes. Enroll in our fun, interactive and informative “Tips and Tools for a Sweet Life” class. Learn how the foods and activities you enjoy can still be a part of your life without sacrificing diabetes control. It also a good idea to monitor your A1C.
The diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in a child impacts the entire family, so Center for Diabetes Management at Mercy Gilbert provides education for parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers, along with the child. Families meet individually with one of our diabetes educators for five sessions to discuss the basics of managing Type 1 diabetes in children. Topics include carb counting, insulin management, meal planning for home and school and physical activity. Learn more about this service please call 480.728.3535.
During pregnancy, usually at around 24-28 weeks or later many women learn that they have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes does not mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you’re pregnant, so you and your baby both remain healthy
Moms-to-be who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes can lower risk of diabetes for themselves and baby. We offer an interactive 2-hour gestational diabetes class weekly; most insurance plans offer reimbursement or full coverage options for this course. A free glucose meter and training on its use are provided as part of this informative session. Topics covered include monitoring blood sugar, blood sugar goals, risks for mother and baby, healthy eating and carb awareness, portion control, and preventing Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about our upcoming sessions, or for more information, please call 480.728.3535.