Diabetes Education

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Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, the Diabetes Center of Excellence at Silver Cross Hospital can help you successfully manage your condition. The Center promotes health and well-being and acts as a resource center for you and your entire family.

Helping You Live Healthier:

Since 1996, the Diabetes Center at Silver Cross has been helping patients like you live a healthier life.

  • Recognized Leader:

    The Diabetes Center at Silver Cross is one of the first in Northern Illinois recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its excellence and quality educational services. Here, you have access to everything from medical management to meal planning and lifestyle management.

  • Expert Care:

    Our team of specially trained nurses and dieticians will work closely with you and your doctor to develop a personalized program, teaching you the skills you need to manage your diabetes.

How common is Diabetes?

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million people have diabetes. More than 6 million of these people don't know they have the disease.

Symptoms for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability

Other signs of Type 2 diabetes:

  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Recurring infections of the skin, gums or bladder

Treatment:

The Diabetes Center at Silver Cross offers the following services individually or through class sessions:

  • Medication Management/Insulin Instruction
  • Insulin Pump THerapy
  • Sensor Training, CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring)
  • Self Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Meal Planning/Weight Management
  • Exercise Planning
  • Management of Gestational Diabetes

Steps to Get Treated:

To get treated at the Silver Cross Diabetes Center, you need a referral from your primary care doctor. If you are not currently under the care of a doctor, we can help you find one that specializes in Diabetes Care at Silver Cross Hospital. Search our online Physician Directory.

Need a Doctor?

We can help you find a doctor that specializes in Diabetes Care. Search our online Physician Directory

Schedule Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (815) 300-5990.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.