Evaluation, Treatment and Education

Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, in which the body is unable to regulate its blood glucose levels appropriately. Glucose, a simple sugar, comes from the carbohydrates that you eat. Your body synthesizes and stores glucose, which it then uses as a major source of energy.

The medical professionals at the Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center provide inpatient and outpatient evaluation, treatment and ongoing education for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes conditions. The interdisciplinary team includes certified diabetes educators and nurses. They work closely with patients' primary care physicians toward a common goal — to help patients lead longer, healthier lives.

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Diabetes Acute Care Program

Desert Springs Hospital has developed specific protocols, computerized technology and systems to provide diabetes patients with the highest level of care. For example, the staff use special tools to maintain tight blood-sugar control during patient hospitalizations. This includes the Glucommander, a computer that works with an insulin drip to monitor patients’ blood-sugar levels. 

Outpatient Diabetes Services

The American Diabetes Association has recognized the Diabetes Treatment Center's outpatient education program for 16 years for meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.


The Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital offers educational classes to help patients learn to manage their diabetes successfully. Topics include behavior change, goal setting, healthy eating concepts, diet and exercise, carbohydrate counting, dining out, label reading, lipid, medication, stress and sick day management, prevention of complications and diabetic foot care.

​Peripheral Artery Disease Screenings

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), which commonly affects the legs, is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. It can result from a build-up of plaque or fatty deposits in blood vessels outside the heart or brain. Because diabetics sometimes have reduced feeling in their feet and legs, they often do not feel symptoms of PAD and it goes undiagnosed and untreated. The Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital takes a proactive approach to PAD and provides free Ankle Brachial Index screenings for patients.

Continuous Glucose Monitors 

Physicians sometimes prescribe a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to help fine tune a patient's diabetes treatment. A CGM samples and records glucose measurements through a tiny sensor that is inserted under the skin. Once your testing is complete, a customized report is sent to the patient's healthcare provider.

Diabetes Treatment Center Advantage Program

This program offers free and discounted services that can help those with diabetes live a healthy lifestyle. Benefits include coupons and discounts for diabetes-friendly products and services, an informational diabetes e-newsletter, and  information about free quarterly seminars and health and wellness screenings.

Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2. 

Type 1 Diabetes

The pancreas does not produce enough insulin with type 1 diabetes. Without insulin, an excessive amount of glucose remains in the blood. This can lead to health problems such as heart disease, diabetic eye disease, and other problems affecting the kidneys, nerves, gums and teeth. Symptoms include: 

  • Being very thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very hungry or tired
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more 
  • Having sores that heal slowly
  • Having dry, itchy skin
  • Having blurry eyesight

Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. Patients with type 1 must monitor their blood glucose levels carefully and give themselves insulin injections through an insulin pen, syringes or an insulin pump. Getting exercise and eating healthy are also important aspects of controlling type 1 diabetes. 

Type 2 Diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, the body does not use insulin properly. This begins with insulin resistance. The pancreas tries to make extra insulin, but loses the ability to maintain normal blood glucose levels over time. Some people do not notice any symptoms of type 2 diabetes, but they can include:

  • Being very thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very hungry or tired
  • Having sores that heal slowly
  • Having blurry eyesight
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet

Type 2 can affect people at any age, but most often develops in middle-aged and older people. Some with type 2 diabetes can manage their diabetes with healthy eating and exercise. However, many  also need oral medications and/or insulin to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.