Humphreys Diabetes Center
St. Luke's Humphreys Diabetes Center 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 2,000 clients each year.
The center is located at 1226 River Street in Boise. For more information,
What is Diabetes?
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 age 40, overweight, or of African American, Hispanic American, or Native American heritage. Ninety percent of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Studies show that type 2 diabetes is increasing in adolescents and young adults.
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 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 Classes
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 with diabetes
2 Overweight (waist measurement more than 1/2 your height)
3 Numbness and tingling of feet
2 Blurred vision
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).