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Diabetes Specialists

Diabetes is a disease that can affect every part of your life, from what you eat to how you maintain an independent lifestyle. At Baptist, we believe prevention, early diagnosis, and proactive treatment are the best ways to stop diabetes from stopping you.

Diabetes

Diabetes Treatment

San Antonio has the second-highest death rate from diabetes among the 54 largest U.S. cities. At Baptist, we are committed to making a difference for the people we serve, starting with diabetes education, prevention and treatment.  Our network of primary care physicians offer diabetes management to help you maintain your health.  To find a physician that can help you with your diabetes management, contact (210) 297-7005.

The most common types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 Diabetes, which is also known as juvenile diabetes and accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all cases in the U.S.
  • Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, which usually develops in middle age.
  • Gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy and usually subsides when the baby is born.
  • Pre-Diabetes, in which your blood sugar level is above normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Diabetes can:

  • Damage nerves in your feet
  • Cause neuropathy, a condition that makes it hard for you to feel injuries or sore spots
  • Change blood flow, making it harder for small problems like blisters to heal
  • Speed the progression of minor injuries into serious infections

Video Library

Updated with new animations, this program explains how insulin resistance can lead to pre-diabetes and then to Type 2 Diabetes. A straightforward explanation of risk factors along with signs and symptoms and complications encourages the viewer to start thinking about lifestyle changes.

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Don’t let your diabetes define your life

Velma Covarruvias, a 69-year-old diabetic, knows how important it is to manage and treat diabetes, no matter what kind you’re living with.

A few years ago, Velma experienced arterial blockages in her leg that made it difficult to walk or even sit and play her daily bingo game with friends.

“I was scared to death,” says Velma. After the vascular specialists at Baptist cleared her blockages, Velma quickly got back to her life – and her bingo game.

“Now I do everything that a 28-year-old would be doing!” says Velma.

“The people at Baptist were very kind and very nice to me,” says Velma. “It’s so important to trust the people who are caring for you. At Baptist, they make it easy.”

“Fighting diabetes with vascular bypass”

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Wound Care at Baptist

The Wound Healing Centers at Northeast Baptist Hospital and Baptist Medical Center help heal infections caused by diabetes. The San Antonio wound care centers have four hyperbaric chambers, which are proven to help wounds heal faster.