Diabetes Treatment, Education and Support
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts food into energy. As a result, glucose—a simple sugar released by the liver—builds up in the blood stream and damages small and large blood vessels unless it is controlled.
More than 20 million Americans have diabetes. There are three major types:
Diabetes is a serious condition, but individuals can reduce their risk of developing complications associated with diabetes through:
- Choosing healthy foods
- Being physically active
- Monitoring blood sugar levels
- Managing medications as prescribed by a doctor
Virtua’s diabetes program is led by supportive certified diabetes educators. The team helps patients learn to reduce their risk of long-term complications and manage each type of diabetes.
Virtua Diabetes Support
Virtua's outpatient diabetes program offers diabetes self-management education programs and support groups for adults. The program has received education recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
For more information about classes, programs and support groups offered by the Virtua Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Care, please refer to the following diabetes guide.