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Diabetes Care

Your Partner in Diabetes Care

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes; 18.8 million know they are diabetic, but 7 million are still undiagnosed. Seventy-nine million people are estimated to be prediabetic or at risk for the disease. This chronic condition—in which your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly to convert sugar to energy—can lead to serious health complications, including kidney disease, nerve damage and vision problems. It can also raise your risk for heart disease.

Our Approach to Your Diabetes

At North Kansas City Hospital, we approach diabetes care patient by patient. Our first goal is to prevent diabetes. If that’s not possible, we give you the education, skills, and tools you’ll need to manage your health and live life to the fullest.

Types of Diabetes

  • Prediabetes – Higher than normal blood sugar levels indicating a risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes – High blood sugar that develops during pregnancy in a woman who did not have diabetes previously
  • Type 1 diabetes – An autoimmune disorder in which the body does not produce insulin, typically found in children. Daily insulin injections are needed. Only five percent of people with diabetes have this type.
  • Type 2 diabetes – The body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. This type accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetic cases.

With all types, the body cannot properly convert blood sugar for use as energy. Learn more about the types of diabetes at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Risk Factors

You may be at risk for diabetes if you:

  • Are overweight (adults and children)
  • Are over age 45
  • Do not exercise
  • Are Hispanic American, African American, Asian American or Native American
  • Smoke, have a poor diet and exercise less than three times a week
  • Have high blood pressure and abnormal blood cholesterol levels
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Have had gestational diabetes or have had a baby weighing over 9 pounds at birth

Diabetes Warning Signs

Watch for these red-flag diabetes warning signs:

  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores and frequent infections
  • Itchy skin

How is Diabetes Diagnosed?

Blood tests are used to diagnose diabetes. If you think you have signs of diabetes or risk factors, talk to your doctor. The American Diabetes Association recommends routine blood glucose screenings for everyone, starting at age 45, or for anyone with increased risk of developing diabetes, including overweight children starting at age 10.

Diabetes Services at North Kansas City Hospital

At North Kansas City Hospital, we believe a patient-centered, team approach is the best line of defense. Your personal diabetes team includes nurse practitioners, a registered dietician, pharmacist, physical therapist, certified diabetes educators and a social worker—all focused on helping you maximize your health.

We’re here to support you in your health journey with diabetes. Our services include:

At North Kansas City Hospital, you also have access to a complete range of related services if you need them, including:

Diabetes Statistics

Considered a national epidemic in the U.S., diabetes has grown at a staggering rate over the last 50 years. Some statistics to consider:

  • Diabetes affects 8.3% of the U.S. population—nearly 26 million people.
  • About 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.
  • An estimated 11.3% of people under age 20 and 26.9% of people over age 65 have diabetes.
  • More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age without diabetes.

Know the Statistics

Get more detailed information from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, the most recent comprehensive assessment of the impact of diabetes in the United States.

Learn about the economic toll of diabetes and estimate the cost of the disease in your area with the Diabetes Cost Calculator.

Learn more about all aspects of diabetes at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Contact Us

For more information on diabetes care at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1666.