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Published on October 29, 2010

American Diabetes Month

October 29, 2010

American 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.

Treating 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.

Valley West offers education through the KishHealth System Diabetes Education department. Located in the Medical Office Building on campus, all our educators work to help patients self-manage their diabetes to maintain life-long good health. For more information about Diabetes Education at Valley West, please call 815.786.3684.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationNational Institutes of Health. Available online at http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/diagnosis/#2B.

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