Center for Diabetes Education
Education and
support to live with diabetes
​Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the disease for years, you can turn to Memorial Hospital’s staff for diabetes education and support. We’re here to provide exceptional healthcare and compassionate service any way we can.

​What is diabetes?

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert food into energy.

Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s failure to produce insulin. While 5 to 10 percent of diabetics suffer from type 1, according to the ADA, approximately 16 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, a condition that results when the body fails to properly use insulin.

Some symptoms of diabetes
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Increased fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and think diabetes could be the problem, make an appointment with your doctor today!

Understanding diabetes is key

Many diabetics do not realize that proper instruction and management is essential in order to minimize the disease’s long-term complications.

Patients need to be educated about how serious diabetes really is. It is a lifelong, chronic disease that can cause problems like kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and stroke.

Understanding the causes and symptoms is the first step toward decreasing the chance of developing such complications.

ADA Certification

The Center for Diabetes Education program is certified through the American Diabetes Association, a certification we’ve held since 2006.

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​The Center for Diabetes Education
4600 Memorial Drive
Suite 180
Belleville, IL 62226

(618) 257-4800

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