FAQ About Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions About Diabetes

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

  • Types of Diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes 
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance

What are the signs of diabetes?
It may come on suddenly or you may develop diabetes over a long period of time. Some people with Type 2 diabetes have mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all.

Symptoms include:
Increased thirst or hunger 
Blurred vision 
Itchy/dry skin
Frequent urination 
Slow healing cuts or wounds
Rapid weight loss even though eating normally 
Numbness in hands or feet

What happens if diabetes is not controlled? What are the complications?
Complications usually develop when someone has had diabetes for many years.
Good control can delay or prevent many complications. Diabetes can affect the nerves (neuropathy), cause sexual problems, affect the feet, eyes, heart, blood vessels, and kidneys.

What if a person has had diabetes for years and years?
If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to always keep up to date with the changing treatment options, what’s new and what new studies are revealing. New medications are being introduced right now, so it is important to keep learning as much as you can.

How would a person with diabetes schedule an appointment at the Diabetes Center?
Call 712-794-5549. We will get a referral from your personal physician OR you can contact your family physician and ask for a referral to the Diabetes Center. We work with your family physician throughout the program.

Will insurance cover my visit?
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private pay health insurance policies will cover services offered at the Diabetes Center.  For help finding out what is covered by your plan, call the Diabetes Center staff at 712-794-5549.