Types of Diabetes


Prediabetes is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes usually puts a person at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. There are usually no symptoms of prediabetes and most people who have it don’t know it. Prediabetes is usually diagnosed through diabetes screenings.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) is when the body doesn’t produce insulin. Insulin is needed to convert sugar and foods into energy. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in the United States. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults.

The Diabetes Institute at Christian Hospital provides self-management programs for people with type 1 diabetes. Learn how to better manage your type 1 diabetes with the help of our certified diabetes educators.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t properly use insulin and there is a high level of sugar in the blood. Type 2 diabetes usually precedes prediabetes and occurs more in adults. However, the disease can happen to anyone at any age.

The Diabetes Institute at Christian Hospital provides self-management programs and treatment options for people with type 2 diabetes. Let our team of certified diabetes educators help you manage your type 2 diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women who have never had diabetes before. It can occur around the 5th month of pregnancy and goes away once the baby is born.

The Diabetes Institute at Christian Hospital provides information on managing gestational diabetes. Learn how to manage gestational diabetes from our certified diabetes educators.

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