Living successfully with diabetes requires not only knowledge about the condition, but also the right supplies for day-to-day activities. Bernens Convalescent Pharmacy, Inc. carries a full selection of sugar free medicines and candy, and diabetic testing supplies such as monitors, lancets and test strips.

We have special travel supplies for insulin as well as diabetic shoes and socks.

We have a fully trained staff on hand at all times to answer any questions you may have.

About Diabetes

Unexpected weight loss, exhaustion, increased thirst, frequent urination – all these symptoms indicate a diabetes mellitus: a condition that occurs when the body does not process glucose properly.

During digestion, the food you eat is converted into a sugar called glucose, which your body uses for energy. To move glucose from the blood stream into your cells your body needs insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. In diabetics, the pancreas is either unable to produce enough insulin or the body is unable to react appropriately to the insulin that is being produced. In both cases, because the glucose does not get converted into energy, it accumulates in the blood and causes a rise in blood sugar levels.

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes commonly occurs in children and adolescents, though adults may also be affected. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces very little insulin or none at all. Therefore, insulin injections must be administered regularly throughout the patient’s life. This condition can be caused by autoimmune problems, viral infections, or is genetically inherited from one or both parents.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the form of diabetes that usually occurs in adults, especially the elderly. With this condition, either the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin or the body’s cells become unresponsive to insulin, and blood glucose levels are pushed dangerously high (above 126 mg/DL). Currently, type 2 diabetes is on the rise due to problems associated with obesity. Also, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, North Americans, Latinos, Pacific Islanders, and native Hawaiians are specific minority groups who are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is a state where blood sugar levels are slightly above normal, thereby putting someone in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. A person is considered to be pre-diabetic if their blood sugar level is above 100 mg/DL but below 126 mg/DL. It is estimated that around 57 million people in the suffer from this condition. But pre-diabetes can cause damage to the heart and circulatory system even before type 2 diabetes is diagnosed. However, it is possible to reverse the damage that occurs with pre-diabetes by eating right and making healthy changes to lifestyle.

Gestational Diabetes
Diabetes that occurs during pregnancy in previously non-diabetic women is called gestational diabetes. Though this condition usually disappears after childbirth, these women are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes throughout their lifetime. In addition, the elevated sugar levels caused by gestational diabetes may affect the health of a developing the baby; so proper monitoring of blood sugar levels is essential throughout pregnancy. By exercising regularly and making healthy food choices, women who suffered from gestational diabetes can diminish the risk of getting type 2 diabetes in the future.