Diabetes

BayCare has a staff of compassionate physicians with a comprehensive knowledge of diabetes. Plus, we offer a variety of diabetes education programs throughout the Tampa Bay area to help ensure you have the best information and care possible in managing this chronic disease. Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S., about 8.3% of the population according to the Centers for Disease Control.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood is above normal. It can occur at any time in your life. If you have family members with diabetes, you may be at risk. If you are overweight or do not exercise regularly, you also run a greater risk of developing diabetes. People with heart disease or who are on certain medications can also have an elevated risk for this disease. Once diabetes is diagnosed, it is managed rather than cured.