Humphreys Diabetes Center
Humphreys Diabetes Center, the only free-standing diabetes education center in the United States, provides consultation, education and support for children and adults with diabetes from Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.
Over 400 physicians refer patients to the Center, and our registered nurses and dietitians serve more than 2000 clients each year.
A community non-profit program affiliated with St. Luke's and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers, Humphreys Diabetes Center is your diabetes resource. Stop by the Center at 1226 River Street, Boise, Idaho, visit the center online at www.hdiabetescenter.org or call (208) 331-1155 for more information.
Diabetes occurs when the body can't make energy from food and sugar stays in the blood instead of going into the cells. There are two types:
- Type 1, or "insulin-dependent" diabetes, where onset is sudden and occurs most often in young people.
- Type 2, or "non-insulin-dependent" diabetes, most commonly found in people who are: over 40 years of age, overweight, of African American, Hispanic American or Native American heritage. (Ninety percent of diabetics have Type II diabetes.) Studies show that Type 2 diabetes is increasing in adolescents and young adults, however.
Diabetes no longer has to mean blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, amputations, stroke, impotence, heart disease or early death. Good self-management of blood sugar through food, medication, exercise and stress management effectively prevents or significantly reduces the complications of diabetes.
Humphreys Diabetes Education Center offers a wide variety of services including:
- Diabetes Self-Management Classes
- Individual Consultations
- Outpatient Insulin Starts
- Insulin Pump Classes
- Choose to Lose Weight Loss Program
- Pre-Surgery Class
- Tune-Up Classes
- Free Diabetes Prevention Classe
Diabetes Risk Survey
If your score is seven or more, contact your doctor.
2 Always Tired
2 Always Hungry (especially after eating)
4 Increased Thirst (more than 10 glasses/day)
2 Unexplained Weight Loss
4 Frequent Urination (especially during the night)
2 Wounds That Won't Heal
2 Sexual Dysfunction (difficulty with erection)
3 Vaginal Infections (itching)
10 Blood Glucose Above 126 mg/dl (screened by a health care professional)
2 Family Member has Diabetes
2 Overweight (waist measurement more than 1/2 your height)
3 Numbness and Tingling of Feet
2 Blurred Vision
Diabetes occurs when the body can't make energy from food and sugar stays in the blood instead of going into the cells. There are two types: Type 1, or "insulin-dependent" diabetes, where onset is sudden and occurs most often in young people. Ninety percent of diabetics have Type 2, or "non-insulin-dependent" diabetes, most commonly found in people who are: over 40 years of age, overweight, of African American, Hispanic American or Native American heritage. Studies show that Type 2 diabetes is increasing in adolescents and young adults.
For more information, contact Humphreys Diabetes Center at (208) 331-1155 or Call St. Luke's at (208) 381-9000.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Obesity is one of the greatest risk factors for Type II diabetes. To determine if you should consider losing a few extra pounds, try calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI).
BMI Formula: Weight x 705 divided by height in inches divided by height in inches again. If your BMI is over 25, you are considered overweight. If it is over 30, you are considered obese.
A man who weighs 150 lbs. and is 5' 8" tall has a BMI of 23.
(150 x 705 = 105,750 ÷ 68 = 1,555.147 ÷ 68 = 22.86)