Greenwich Hospital endocrinologists work as part of a specialized team caring for diabetes patients. Other members include nutritionists, physical therapists, case managers, and a diabetes educator, all trained to treat a wide range of complications that may result from this disease.
Types of Diabetes
The three main types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational, are all defined as metabolic disorders that affect the way the body metabolizes (or uses) digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body. While all three are similar in regard to the build-up of blood glucose, there are differences in cause and treatment:
Type 1 Diabetes. An auto-immune disease in which the body's immune system destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This results in a low amount of insulin or none at all. Because of this, people with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily.
Type 2 Diabetes. A result of the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin. Type 2 diabetes may be controlled with diet, exercise, and weight loss, or may require oral medications, insulin injections or both.
Gestational Diabetes. A condition that occurs in pregnant women who have not been diagnosed with diabetes in the past. Gestational diabetes may be controlled with diet, exercise, and attention to weight gain. It usually disappears after delivery. Women with gestational diabetes may be at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes later in life.
Diabetes & Heart Disease
Diabetes can increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other vascular problems. Learn more about heart disease >>
Diabetes & Wound Care
Preventing infections and taking proper care of wounds is critical for diabetic patients. Learn more about wound care and hyperbaric medicine >>
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and irritability
Frequent infections, especially the gums, bladder or skin
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
Greenwich Hospital's Weight Loss and Diabetes Center
Staff at the Weight Loss and Diabetes Center, certified by the American Diabetes Association, help patients manage their disease through improved health and weight loss. Learn more >>