What Is Diabetes?

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either stops making insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not make enough insulin to convert food to energy (type 2 diabetes). As a result, the body can’t properly use and store glucose, the body’s main source of energy. If not treated, the amount of glucose in the blood can become too high which can lead to health problems.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1. A third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes, diagnosed in pregnancy. The good news is that people are living longer, healthier lives with diabetes. With the help of your Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute at Renaissance team, you can control your diabetes.


The facts speak for themselves:
  • An estimated 25.8 million Americans have diabetes and they consume 14 percent of  healthcare dollars expended.  In addition, an estimated 41 million people ages 40 - 74 have "pre-diabetes."
  • Type 2 diabetes develops primarily in overweight people who are over 40. An aging population and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle will contribute to the growing number of people who will develop this disease in the future.
  • Diabetes is a chronic disease which results in admissions to your hospital and outpatient centers for eye disease, kidney failure, heart disease, vascular and foot problems, and more.
  • On average, a person with diabetes expends nearly four times as much money on healthcare as someone who does not have diabetes.
  • Recent research has shown conclusively that the risk of certain costly and debilitating diabetes complications — including eye, kidney and nerve damage — can be decreased by 50 percent or more through effective disease management which enables people with diabetes to keep their blood sugars as close to normal as possible.


The medical complexity of diabetes requires specially trained health care professionals as well as the range of services that a quality hospital can provide. At the Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute at Renaissance, we demonstrate how a diabetes program can provide excellent, yet cost-effective, diabetes management that can prevent costly short and long-term complications.

The Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute at Renaissance team of physicians, nurses, nutritionists and educators have a great deal of information about diabetes to share with you. For more information, call 956-362-5650.

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