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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., roughly 8.3 percent of our population. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations (not related to injury), and new cases of blindness among adults. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke and the seventh leading cause of death.
At MultiCare, we’re committed to helping people in our community avoid the factors that put them at-risk for diabetes. We offer early intervention for those with prediabetes and we provide medical care and support to ensure that those who have diabetes are able to live as fully as possible.
Are you at-risk for diabetes?
If you have blood glucose levels or A1c levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes, you have a condition called prediabetes and are at risk of developing the disease. The good news is that according to the CDC studies have shown that people with prediabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity level can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and in some cases return their blood glucose levels to normal.
- Diabetes – Individual appointments are available for children and adults with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), those who require insulin pump therapy, and pregnant women with diabetes or gestational diabetes.
- Pre-Diabetes – One-on-one appointments are now available for individuals whose blood sugar is in the pre-diabetes range (Fasting 100 – 125 and Non-fasting 140- 199). We encourage early intervention with our team of diabetes educators to learn how to modify behavior and prevent the onset of diabetes.
If you are pregnant, MultiCare's Diabetes Program offers a complete package of services for pregnant women with preexisting diabetes or gestational diabetes. To learn more, click the button below:
Diabetes at a glance
| Type 1
||Develops in childhood or young adulthood. The body’s immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, which makes insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose (sugar). Risk factors may be autoimmune, genetic or environmental. There is currently no way to prevent type 1 diabetes.||Insulin, delivered by injection or pump|
| Type 2
||Accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Typically starts in adulthood as insulin resistance. As the need for insulin rises, the pancreas loses its ability to produce it. Risk factors include, obesity, a family history of diabetes, a history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity and it is more prevalent in some ethnic backgrounds.
||Healthy diet and exercise plan, losing excess weight, and oral medication. Some patients with type 2 diabetes may also need to take insulin.|
| Gestational (pregnancy)
||Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, particularly among African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Must be managed to lessen the risk of complications for the fetus.||Healthy diet and exercise plan and oral medication. Some patients with type 2 diabetes may also need to take insulin.|
We are more than happy to help you answer any questions you may have, including those regarding insurance coverage, For more information, call MultiCare’s Center for Diabetes Education at 253-403-1726 in Tacoma, Mary Bridge at 253-403-3131, Puyallup at 253-697-2801, or South King County at 253-372-7010.