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Diabetes Management

With services all over Baldwin and Mobile Counties, our diabetes team can provide you the care you need to improve your life.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the most common endocrine disease in America with over 10 percent of Americans suffering from the disorder. Diabetes is a disorder of the liver in which the liver fails to properly regulate blood sugar, causing it to be either too high or too low.

In its less extreme forms, diabetes can cause:

  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive thirst or fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Tiredness
  • Numbness

In its most serious forms diabetes can cause:

  • Severe blood flow problems
  • Dizziness and vomiting
  • Coma
  • Death

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the liver fails to manufacture enough insulin. An individual is usually born with Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body stops making enough insulin causing glucose to rise to unhealthy levels in the bloodstream. Diabetes can also occur as a side effect of pregnancy.

Treatment and Management

Treatments for diabetes usually include:

  • Diet help
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Weight loss programs
  • Insulin shots and other medications if necessary.

Diabetes Education and Resource Center

Located in Mobile and directed by a board-certified endocrinologist, the Center treats patients that have been diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. The Center is staffed by specialist endocrinologists, registered dieticians and registered nurses with diabetes education certificates.

The center provides comprehensive diabetes education for groups and individuals by appointment only covering such topics as:

  • An overview of diabetes
  • Eating habits
  • Diabetes medication instruction
  • Exercise routines
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Prevention of complications

For more information, call (251) 435-2785 or email inquiries to

After discharge, diabetes patients are welcome to use the Inpatient Diabetes Education and Resource Center. The purpose of this center is to provide resources and knowledge to ensure diabetes have a successful transition back to normal life as a diabetic. For more information, call (251) 435-2785 or email inquiries to Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thomas Hospital Diabetes Center

The purpose of this center is to provide diabetes education to patients with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. The Center’s staff consists of a registered dietician, registered nurses with diabetes certifications and several diabetes tutors. The focus of the center is to teach patients with diabetes how to control it in their everyday lives.

Individuals are taught:

  • General information about diabetes
  • How to monitor their diabetes
  • Care for and use their insulin
  • Meal prep and diet
  • Exercise

Like the other center a physician referral is required, and all education classes are by appointment only.

NBI Diabetes Education and Prevention Center

Staffed by a registered nurse, the Center provides instruction in:

  • Diabetes knowledge
  • Managing diabetes
  • Using your medications
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Good Life habits such as diets and exercise.

The Center does offer the CDC-certified Live Better, Live Healthier program to the general public for no cost. This program provides information on how to prevent diabetes through a healthy lifestyle. Call today to register.

Besides the Live Better, Live Healthier program, this Center is also by appointment only upon a physician referral.

Call Infirmary Health’s Diabetes experts to get you back on track to healthy living. (251) 435-2400.

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