Type 1 Diabetes: Individualized, Long-Range Care
At Virtua, you will receive the tools, training and confidence you need to take care of yourself or a loved one with type 1 diabetes. Our individualized, long-range approach is especially important for those facing type 1 diabetes because living with this disease requires you to pay careful attention to your daily routine. You'll learn how to monitor your blood sugar (glucose) levels accurately and regularly.
When you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, so your body is unable to properly convert the foods you eat into the energy it needs to function properly. Depending on your specific needs, you may also need to rely on insulin shots or an insulin pump to maintain the right insulin levels.
Treating kids with type 1 diabetes
Because type 1 diabetes often affects people when they are young, we understand how food plays a big role in kids’ lives. We take steps to help even our youngest patients learn how to navigate the healthiest food choices.
For example, every Halloween, Virtua offers a special candy exchange program so that kids can still enjoy the thrill of trick or treating without the temptation of having piles of candy around after the holiday. Our expert staff provides a variety of support groups geared to address all the special needs kids and teens face when living with diabetes. We also provide a safe syringe disposal program for patients who require insulin shots.
If you are the parent of a child or young adult who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you may feel uncertain about your child’s future. But as Virtua’s expert staff of certified diabetes educators will show you, people with type 1 diabetes can live long, healthy, happy lives when they maintain the right blood sugar levels. And we are committed to showing you how to do just that with the best possible combination of medication, diet and exercise that works for you or your loved one.
For more information on Virtua's nutrition and diabetes program,
call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).