Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin to convert sugar, starches and other foods into the energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is unknown, although family history and certain factors, such as diet, obesity and lack of exercise, play a part in the onset of diabetes.
Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet shows that in the United States 25.8 million children and adults or 8.3 percent of the population have diabetes. Of that, 7 million remain undiagnosed and a staggering 79 million have symptoms of pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, these numbers are steadily increasing. In 2010 1.9 million new cases were diagnosed in people 20 years and older. Type 2 diabetes, once labeled “adult-onset” diabetes has become more prevalent in children. Knowing that you have diabetes is important to reducing risks and maintaining good health. Nine percent of North Carolina adults live with diabetes. In Gaston County, 1 person in 8 has the disease.
The CaroMont Diabetes Center of Gaston Memorial Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that is committed to helping those with diabetes and their families get the information and support needed to control their symptoms. Our healthcare team will work closely with you to develop a self-management plan. In addition, your physician will receive a summary of your training so that your new skills and knowledge can be included in your ongoing health care directive. Our belief is that people with diabetes can lead healthy, productive and enjoyable lives.
Comprehensive Diabetes ProgramsGestational Diabetes
Pregnancy increases the body’s demand for insulin. If sufficient insulin cannot be produced, blood glucoses rises and diabetes develops. Usually occurring in the last half of pregnancy, gestational diabetes affects an estimated 18 percent of pregnancies.Pre-diabetes
Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are elevated, but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. There are 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes who are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, poor healing and infections.Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, previously known as “juvenile diabetes” is usually diagnosed in childhood. It results from the body’s inability to produce insulin, the hormone that unlocks the cells of the body allowing glucose (sugar) to enter and fuel them.Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance, a condition in which the body fails to produce or properly use insulin. It is the most common form of the disease and can usually be prevented with healthy eating and an active lifestyle.