Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are too high. Having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems such as problems with kidneys, nerves, feet and eyes, as well as putting you at a great risk for heart disease and stroke.
Types of Diabetes
- With Type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose (which comes from the food you eat) get into your cells to give them energy.
- Type 2 diabetes is the more common type of diabetes. Your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood.
- Prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Our certified diabetes educators can help you navigate your diabetes whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with the disease for some time. We offer American Diabetes Association-approved self-management classes in Everett, Marysville, Silver Lake and Stanwood.
Call 425-339-5431 for help choosing a diabetes self-management course, or to register. Get a referral from your primary care provider and check with your insurance provider in advance to see if the education is covered.
Results show that our diabetes self-management classes help lower blood sugar levels.
Living with Diabetes: A two part series for patients newly diagnosed or with no previous diabetes education
- Before: average A1C = 8.1%
- After: average A1C = 6.6%
Improving Control Refresher: A class for patients who need a refresher course.
- Before: average A1C = 8.8%
- After: average A1C = 7.6%
Advanced Diabetes Management
For established patients who are on multiple daily injections of insulin, or an insulin pump, a one-on-one appointment is recommended for education. Please call 425-339-5431 to set up an appointment with one of our dietitian diabetes educators. Offices are located in the Endocrinology department of the Founder’s Building at the main campus in Everett.