A healthy breakfast

For Patients

SCVMC Diabetes Center

751 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95128

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm


(408) 793-2515


(408) 885-3142

About Diabetes​

Diabetes is on the rise. In the last 10 years, the number of people with diabetes has increased by 50 percent. This is due, in​ part, to the increase in overweight and obese American adults and children.

  • Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body either can't produce enough insulin (type 1), or doesn't use it properly (type 2). (The majority of people with diabetes have type 2.) Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use glucose (blood sugar) for energy, or helps store it for later use.
  • Having a family history of diabetes increases your risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Being overweight and inactive increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that over 40 million Americans between the ages of 40 and 74 have prediabetes; however, prediabetes affects younger people as well. Research indicates that each year between 4 and 9 percent of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before can develop gestational diabetes, which affects about 4 percent of all pregnant women.
  • People with diabetes face an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
  • The emotional toll: People with diabetes may be more prone to anxiety and depression.

Eating Right

Eating right plays a big role in controlling your diabetes and allowing you to live a long, happy life. Counting your carbohydrates and making sure you eat the right sized portions of each food group will help you manage your blood sugar level.

25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Content provided by American Dietetic Association

When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks.

Easy, Tasty (and Healthy) Snacks

You may need an adult to help with some of these snacks.

  • Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
  • Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”
  • Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
  • Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
  • Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
  • Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with blueberries.​​​​​​