Diabetes care in Reston

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, gestational diabetes or prediabetes, the skilled and caring staff at Reston Hospital Center will work with you and your doctor to help you maintain your health and achieve the best possible outcomes.

By efficiently managing your diabetes now, you can live a healthier life.

For more information about our diabetes care services, or to schedule an appointment, please call (703) 689-9164.

Our Diabetes Education Center

The Diabetes Education Center was founded in 1992 and is accredited by the American Diabetes Association for the quality of its educational services. We follow the National Standards for Diabetes Education. At Reston Hospital's Diabetes Education Center, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary for diabetes prevention or for effectively managing diabetes.

The key to managing diabetes is education. Our team of registered nurses (RNs) and registered dietitians RDs), who are all certified diabetes educators CDEs), are the core of our program. They counsel, teach and care for people with all forms of diabetes. They follow the most current and advanced protocols and teaching methods recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

When you contact the Diabetes Education Center, we will discuss your needs and help you determine the appropriate educational services. We will also guide you in determining and overcoming barriers to behavior change to help you reach your health goals.

Family members 18 years and older and significant others are invited to learn along with you. Your physician, endocrinologist or, in the case of gestational diabetes, your obstetrician, is involved throughout the process.

Our services are taught by CDEs, RNs and RDs and include:

Expert care for all types of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes accounts for five to 10 percent of all cases, is an autoimmune disease in which the body fails to produce any insulin. It generally appears in childhood or early adulthood. People with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections to regulate glucose levels.

Type 2 diabetes

Accounting for 90 to 95 percent of the diabetes population, Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin or use it properly. Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is increasing rapidly due to increased obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

Gestational diabetes

This condition occurs among a small percentage of women during pregnancy and causes glucose levels to rise and other diabetic symptoms to appear. It is caused by the blocking effects that hormones have on insulin. Having diabetes while pregnant is considered a high-risk pregnancy.

Prediabetes

With prediabetes, blood glucose values are higher than normal, but not high enough to result in a diagnosis of diabetes. Most people experience some degree of prediabetes before they are diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes risk factors

Although the cause of diabetes remains uncertain, there are several known risk factors. Research indicates that people at risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by making lifestyle changes to modify or eliminate risk factors.

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • High blood pressure (140/90 or higher)
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactivity
  • Age
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Ethnicity (African-Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and Asians experience higher rates of diabetes.)
  • History of babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth
  • Previous gestational diabetes

Diabetes symptoms

Symptoms may be mild or not noticed at all. Common diabetes symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Increased urination, especially at night
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Sores that do not heal

Diagnosing diabetes

Various tests are used to determine an individual's blood glucose level, which indicates if diabetes is present. Doctors recommend that all adults screen for diabetes every three years beginning at 45 years old. If you have a number of risk factors, talk to your doctor about earlier screening.

Diabetes health complications

Well-controlled diabetes is the #1 cause of nothing. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a variety of conditions and some can be life threatening. Potential diabetes health complications include:

Schedule an appointment at our diabetes center

To schedule an appointment, please call (703) 689-9164. Please bring the following to your initial appointment:

  • A signed referral from your physician
  • Your lab work from the past six to 12 months—you may ask your physician's office to fax them to the Reston Hospital Diabetes Education Center at (703) 689-9107