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Community Outreach

Mission Statement:

To provide Diabetes Awareness, Education, Prevention and Outreach through Community Intervention by partnering with Local Organizations and Leaders.

What is Diabetes?

 

We focus on the Whole Person, Mind, Body, and Soul.

There are three main types of Diabetes:

  • Type 1 Diabetes – Your body does not make insulin. This is a problem because you need insulin to take the sugar (glucose) from the foods you eat and turn it into energy for your body. You need to take insulin every day to live.
  • Type 2 Diabetes – Your body does not make or use insulin well. You may need to take pills or insulin to help control your Diabetes. Type 2 is the most common type of Diabetes.
  • Gestational (jest-TAY-shun-al) Diabetes – Some women get this kind of Diabetes when they are pregnant. Most of the time, it goes away after the baby is born. But even if it goes away, these women and their children have a greater chance of getting Diabetes later in life.

 

How to learn more about Diabetes.

  • Take classes to learn more about living with Diabetes. To find a class, check with your health care team, hospital, or area health clinic. You can also search online.
  • Join a support group — in-person or online — to get peer support with managing your Diabetes.
  • Read about Diabetes online. Go to National Diabetes Education Program.

 

Take Diabetes seriously.

You may have heard people say they have “a touch of Diabetes” or that their “sugar is a little high.” These words suggest that Diabetes is not a serious disease. That is NOT correct. Diabetes is SERIOUS, but you can learn to manage it.

People with Diabetes need to make healthy food choices, stay at a healthy weight, move more every day, and take their medicine even when they feel good. It’s a lot to do. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!

Why take care of your Diabetes?

Taking care of yourself and your Diabetes can help you feel good today and in the future. When your blood sugar (glucose) is close to normal, you are likely to:

  • Have more energy
  • Be less tired and thirsty
  • Need to pass urine less often
  • Heal better
  • Have fewer skin or bladder infections

You will also have less chance of having health problems caused by Diabetes such as:

  • Heart Attack or Stroke
  • Eye problems that can lead to trouble seeing or going Blind
  • Pain, Tingling, or Numbness in your hands and feet, also called nerve damage
  • Kidney problems that can cause your kidneys to stop working
  • Teeth and Gum problems

Actions you can take.

  •  Ask your Healthcare team what type of Diabetes you have.
  •  Learn where you can go for support.
  •  Learn how caring for your Diabetes helps you feel good today and in the future.

Step 2: Know your Diabetes ABC's.

Talk to your Healthcare team about how to manage your A1C, Blood pressure, and Cholesterol. This can help lower your chances of having a Heart Attack, Stroke, or other Diabetes problems.

A for the A1C test (A-one-C).

What is it?

The A1C is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months. It is different from the blood sugar checks you do each day.

Why is it important?

You need to know your blood sugar levels over time. You don’t want those numbers to get too high. High levels of blood sugar can harm your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes.

What is the A1C goal?

The A1C goal for many people with Diabetes is below 7. It may be different for you. Ask what your goal should be.


B for Blood Pressure.

What is it?

Blood Pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.

Why is it important?

If your Blood Pressure gets too high, it makes your heart work too hard. It can cause a Heart Attack, Stroke, and damage your Kidneys and Eyes.

 

What is the Blood Pressure goal?  The Blood Pressure goal for most people with Diabetes is below 140/90. It may be different for you. Ask what your goal should be.


C for Cholesterol (ko-LESS-tuh-ruhl).

What is it?

There are two kinds of Cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL.

LDL or “bad” Cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. It can cause a Heart Attack or Stroke.

HDL or “good” Cholesterol helps remove the “bad” Cholesterol from your blood vessels.

 

What are the LDL and HDL goals?

Ask what your Cholesterol numbers should be. Your goals may be different from other people. If you are over 40 years of age, you may need to take a stating drug for heart health.

Actions you can take

Ask your health care team:

  • What your A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol numbers are and what they should be. Your ABC goals will depend on how long you have had Diabetes, other health problems, and how hard your Diabetes is to manage.
  • What you can do to reach your ABC goals.