Frequently asked questions

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition of the body which prevents food consisting of sugars and starches in into energy. The body requires insulin to perform this function. 

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Which enables glucose to enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel for energy which in turn allows us to carry out our daily activities and live our lives. It is essential for everyday life. 

Diabetes occurs when the glucose cannot enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel. This happens because the body doesn’t produce any insulin (Type 1) or because the insulin that is being produced isn’t enough or isn’t being used effectively (insulin resistance) by the body (Type 2). 

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

  • Profound tiredness 
  • Frequent urination 
  • Increased thirst 
  • Genital itching and repeated episodes of thrush 
  • Weight loss 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Slow to heal wounds or sores 

Symptoms are more often to be found in people with Type 1 diabetes. People with Type 2 diabetes may have no or very few symptoms prior to diagnosis. 

It is important to remember that diabetes can affect different people in different ways. 

What care to expect?

When you are diagnosed, you should be given a full explanation of diabetes and a care plan. 

You should be involved in agreeing goals and targets achievable by you. At the very least you should have regular reviews for the following – 

  • Blood glucose 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Cholesterol 
  • Weight 
  • Eyes 
  • Legs and feet 
  • Kidneys 
  • Psychological support 
  • Help to stop smoking 
  • Access to information and education programs 
How can we support?

We know that a diagnosis of diabetes, like any long-term condition, can feel devastating and overwhelming. 

There will be so many questions that you want to ask; so much information available that you don’t know where to start and this can be a daunting prospect. 

Honesty and reliability are at the top of our list. If you ask us a question and we don’t know the answer, we will find it for you or at the very least point you in the right direction of someone who can. 

El Paso Center for Diabetes a vital role in preventing many complications that come from diabetes. Our educators will help you manage your disease through a healthier lifestyle and careful self-monitoring. Our main goal is to help you to 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.