GLEN COVE, NY –Glen Cove Hospital physicians and certified diabetes educators recently held a day-long education event to help community members, hospital patients and staff members learn the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Glen Cove Hospital participated in the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s “Know the Difference Day” on Friday, May 29. Representatives from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation joined the Diabetes Task Force at Glen Cove Hospital to boost knowledge about diabetes and treatment. Events included a live panel discussion, a version of “Diabetes Jeopardy,” patient safety rounds throughout the hospital, a raffle and free prizes.
While both types of the disease are characterized by having higher than normal blood sugar levels, the cause and development of the conditions differ. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease – the body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin. The disease can strike both children and adults at any age and cause lifelong dependence on insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. Usually diagnosed in adulthood, type 2 diabetes cases also are growing in children due to an increase in childhood obesity. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be treated with diet and lifestyle changes, oral medications, and as the disease progresses, individuals may require injected or pumped insulin.
Glen Cove Hospital is a leader in diabetes care both locally and nationally, and is certified by the Joint Commission for Advanced Management of Inpatient Diabetes.