Welcome to the Diabetes Management Program

The incidence of diabetes is growing. The Diabetes Management Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital is here to meet the needs of this expanding population.

We work with patients who have pre-diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and insulin pumps. Our goal is to provide individual instruction and education in all aspects of day-to-day management of diabetes - allowing patients to live healthier and happier lives.

We also provide inpatient consults and offer group diabetes classes

To schedule an appointment, please call us at 617-243-6800. For questions, please contact us at 617-243-6144.

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Type 1 Diabetes

Much of what we eat is converted to glucose (sugar), which is carried to the body’s cells through the bloodstream. Glucose is used for energy, which enables all of the body’s systems to function properly. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, is needed to open the cells to allow glucose to enter.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body produces little or no insulin, or does not properly use the insulin. Diabetes significantly impacts blood vessel function, which affects the eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves. The two prominent forms of diabetes are type 1 and type 2.

Types 1 Diabetes

Type 1, or insulin dependent diabetes, is a condition in which the body’s immune system destroys the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. With too little or no insulin, the body’s blood sugar level rises above normal.

This form usually presents with symptoms that emerge quickly like thirst, frequent urination and weight loss. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily.

American Diabetes Association: Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Much of what we eat is converted to glucose (sugar), which is carried to the body’s cells through the bloodstream. Glucose is used for energy, which enables all of the body’s systems to function properly. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, is needed to open the cells to allow glucose to enter.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body produces little or no insulin, or does not properly use the insulin. Diabetes significantly impacts blood vessel function, which affects the eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves. The two prominent forms of diabetes are type 1 and type 2.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2
is the most prevalent form of the disease. In type 2 diabetes, two problems can cause the blood sugar level to rise. The body may be resistant to insulin, or the pancreas may not make as much insulin as the body needs. This results in muscles not properly drawing sugar from the blood stream and the liver, which stores sugar, releasing too much. Symptoms typically develop slowly over time.

Ninety percent of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

American Diabetes Association: Type 2 Diabetes

Helpful Links

  • American Diabetes Association is a United States-based association working to fight the consequences of diabetes, and to help those affected by diabetes.
  • CalorieKing.com provides calorie-counting tools, recipes and other educational tools for food awareness.
  • dLife.com offers information about diabetes including videos, podcasts, forums and food and fitness tools.

 

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