Learn About Diabetes
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when our body is unable to produce sufficient insulin, or when our cells no longer respond to insulin. Instead of being utilized by our cells, glucose stays in our blood stream. This is where the phrase “high blood sugar” comes from. High blood sugar, known as hyperglycemia, can cause long term complications if not adequately managed. These can include heart failure, kidney failure, as well as damage to the eyes, skin, feet, and other organs.
Do I Have Diabetes?
Living With Diabetes
Step 1: Learn About Diabetes
Ask your physician what you can do to manage your diabetes, and create a health care team designed around your success. This can include a diabetic educator, a mental health counselor, a dietitian, an eye doctor, and more.
Step 3: Learn how to live with diabetes.
An active life style, healthy meal plan, and regular stress management can help you better manage your blood sugar levels.
Diabetes Tips provided by
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Step 2: Know Your Diabetes ABCs
B stands for blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it may cause increased stress on the heart. A good level is below 140/90.
C stands for cholesterol. If your cholesterols are over a certain level, you may need to take statins to reduce your cholesterol level.
Step 4: Get routine care to stay healthy.
At each visit, be sure you have a: blood pressure check, foot check, weight check, and review of your self-care plan
Two times each year, have an: A1C test. It may be checked more often if it is over 7.
Once each year, be sure you have a: cholesterol test, complete foot exam, dental exam to check teeth and gums, dilated eye exam to check for eye problems, flu shot, urine and a blood test to check for kidney problems
How Can I Prevent or Reverse the Effects of Diabetes?
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In this video, our Clinical Care Manager Blair Grant discusses what we’re trying to do at ‘Ekahi Wellness to help individuals with diabetes live healthier, happier lives.
Stay tuned for more educational content on how you can better manage your diabetes!