Diabetes Care

St. Hope Foundation is unwavering in their commitment to offering exceptional medical care for Houston area patients diagnosed with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. As a center of excellence, St. Hope Foundation has medical experts fully competent in diagnosing and treating diabetes.

We are proud to be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community health care organization that was created in response to the growing need for innovative, effective health care designed to provide quality services to reduce health disparities within Houston and rural counties.

Some of the services offered to diabetic patients at St. Hope include:

  • Diabetes testing
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Annual vision exams
  • Medical case management/social workers on staff
  • Behavioral health and depression counselors on staff
  • Nutrition and diet assistance from a skilled nutritionist
  • The latest in cutting-edge medicines for diabetic patients
  • Compassionate care for adolescents and adults with diabetes
  • Bi-Annual feet examinations performed by our experienced podiatrist

Main Causes of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes: The immune system destroys certain cells in the pancreas, which results in the body ceasing insulin production. The body basically attacks itself as an autoimmune reaction. Type 1 possible triggers include:

  • Infection (viral or bacterial)
  • Consumption of food containing chemical toxins
  • Genetic tendencies
  • Unidentified autoimmune component

Type 2 Diabetes: Body either doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin is not being absorbed by the cells. Type 2 risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Genetic tendencies
  • Pregnancy
  • Illness
  • Increasing age

Gestational Diabetes: A form of high blood sugar that affects women who are pregnant. Gestational diabetes risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Exceptionally large baby (weighing more than 9 pounds)
  • Family history of gestational diabetes
  • Genetic tendencies

Managing Diabetes – What Can Be Done?

Being that a person’s genetic propensity for diabetes cannot be controlled, it is incumbent upon individuals to control what CAN be controlled – weight, diet, exercise, smoking, etc. Since many of the risks associated with diabetes involve blood flow and the condition of the heart, certain tests – including ECGs, ultrasounds, treadmill tests, etc. – may be administered to assess the heart’s condition. St. Hope Foundation has health care professionals who can help manage diabetes or determine if you are at risk.