November is National Diabetes Month
November 17, 2010
National Diabetes Month is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose builds up in the bloodstream and causes your blood “sugar” to rise too high. In the United States, 24 million people are living with diabetes and 57 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The goal of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels as close to the normal range as safely possible. In some people, diet and exercise can keep diabetes under control. When diet and exercise aren’t effective, a physician may prescribe diabetes pills or insulin. The treatment prescribed depends on the type and severity of the disease, the person’s age, and lifestyle.
Diabetes is a serious disease. If left untreated, serious complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and even death can occur. There is no known cure for diabetes. Diabetics must continue daily treatments throughout his or her lifetime.
Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s Diabetes Education Team can help you live a happy and healthy life with diabetes. The team’s mission is to empower people of all ages to appropriately self-manage their diabetes so they may benefit from lifelong good health. Education can be provided individually or as a group and is based on national standards of care for diabetes. Some of the topics discussed are:
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Diabetes awareness and prevention
- Foot care
- Gestational diabetes
- Insulin pump training and therapy
- Meal planning
- Weight management
- Preconception care
- Stress management
The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. To learn more, visit www.kishhospital.org/diabetes.