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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that happens when your blood sugar, also called blood glucose, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy (www.niddk.nih.gov).

There are four types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 Diabetes (the body cannot make any insulin)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (the body does not make enough insulin or doesn't use it well enough)
  • Gestational Diabetes (the body does not make enough insulin during pregnancy)
  • Pre-diabetes (blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough to be diabetes)

More than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes. Many don't even know they have it. Chances are diabetes affects you or someone you know. No matter what type of diabetes you have, the educators in the Diabetes Management Centre will help you manage your diabetes and prevent or delay complications.

About the Diabetes Centre

The Diabetes Management Centre sees adults living with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes as well as those who have Prediabetes.

We are a team of Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians who work alongside diabetes specialists (Endocrinologists) to help you manage your diabetes.

Services we offer:

  • One-on-one appointments with Nurses and/or Dietitians
  • Group sessions – cooking demos, education and exercise classes
  • Specialist care
  • Education and support for adults controlling their diabetes with medications, injections, insulin pumps or simply with diet and lifestyle
  • Insulin pump starts and support
  • On-going follow up as needed by clients
What you can expect to learn

Some of the topics your Registered Nurse and/or Registered Dietitian will talk with you about are:

  • How to monitor your blood sugar
  • Ways to manage your blood sugar
  • Healthy eating and weight management
  • Eating in special situations (i.e. restaurants, parties)
  • How your diabetes medications work
  • What happens when you are sick
  • Diabetes and pregnancy
  • How to manage your diabetes when you travel
How to book an appointment

Physician Referral:
Physicians can refer their patients to this service by submitting the 'Diabetes HCP Referral' form found on this site by fax (705-719-4877). You may also call the centre to obtain a copy of the referral form. 

Self-Referral:
Self-referrals are accepted; please download the 'Diabetes - Self-Referral' form on this site or call 705-734-9690. Completed forms can be dropped off at the centre.

Hours and Contact Information

Diabetes Management Centre hours:
 Monday - Thursday:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
 Friday:  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Contact Information:
 Phone:  705-734-9690 extension 283
 Fax:  705-719-4877

Mailing Address:
 490 Huronia Road
 Barrie, ON, L4N 6M2

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