Frequently asked questions

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body is unable to use glucose (sugar) for energy.  This could be caused by insulin resistance in the muscle, impaired insulin secretion by the pancreas, and excess glucose production by the liver.  Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas.  Insulin allows glucose to enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel for energy to help carry out daily activities.  Insulin is essential for everyday life. 

When diabetes is present, glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of entering the cells, causing these common symptoms: 

  • Profound tiredness
  • Frequent urination 
  • Increased thirst 
  • Increased hunger 
  • Weight loss 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Wounds or sores that don’t heal

Symptoms are more often seen in people with Type 1 diabetes.  People with Type 2 diabetes may have none or very few symptoms prior to diagnosis.  It is important to remember that diabetes affects people in different ways.

Care Plan

Upon diagnosis, you should ask for an explanation of what diabetes is and a care plan.  You should be involved in choosing goals and targets that you can achieve.  When you see your doctor, have them check your: 

  • Blood glucose 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Cholesterol 
  • Weight 
  • Eyes 
  • Legs and feet 
  • Kidneys

You should inquire about: 

  • Psychological support 
  • Smoking cessation 
  • Educational programs
Finding Support

We know that a diagnosis of diabetes, or any chronic disease, can be devastating, overwhelming, and cause for feelings of sadness or anger.  There are many questions to be answered.  The El Paso Center for Diabetes is here to help.  The Center plays a vital role in educating participants to prevent complications associated with diabetes.  Our educators will help you manage your disease through education and by living a healthier lifestyle and careful self-monitoring.  Our main goal is to help you help yourself. 

Our classes work with you to: 

  • Design your goals to control diabetes
  • Learn how to take care  of yourself
  • Plan healthier and delicious  meals
  • Choose enjoyable activities
  • Recognize problem signs and symptoms of diabetes and how to respond

Change Your Life for the Better with the El Paso Diabetes Association 

  • Gain the knowledge and skills  necessary to control your  blood sugar levels 
  • Generate more energy through healthy eating and  pleasant exercise 
  • Reduce your fear of diabetes – replace it with a happier and more fulfilling  life 

Diabetes education is just as important as taking your medications.  Our classes can also help you control the cost of your meds.  Your doctor knows the importance of diabetes education.  Ask your doctor about our program and whether it would be right for you. 

Call us at (915) 532-6280 to learn about our classes.  We guarantee it will be one of the best calls you’ll ever make.