At PinnacleHealth Endocrinology Associates, we understand that having the right diabetes care is critical to maintaining your health. That’s why we were the first hospital in Pennsylvania to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for being a Center of Excellence for inpatient diabetes care.
From diagnosis to management, you can trust that our skilled professionals will provide the top-notch diabetes care and ongoing support you need. Our endocrinologists use the latest technology to manage diabetes including continuous monitoring techniques and pump therapy for complex cases.
We treat both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. While they are similar in regard to the buildup of blood glucose, there are differences in cause and treatment.
- Type 1 diabetes. Also known as “juvenile diabetes” because it can develop early in life, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This results in a low amount of insulin or none at all. People with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily.
- Type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is a result of the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or to properly use it. Some cases of Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with diet, exercise and weight loss, but many cases also require insulin or medication.
Signs And Symptoms
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise and weight management can help to lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes. There are several symptoms that can suggest Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, including:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Delayed healing of wounds
- Skin infections
- A change in weight
- Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important that you contact your physician. Early detection and proper management of diabetes can prevent or slow the development of complications.
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