Parish Nurse Notes

Let’s talk about Diabetes . . . Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Diabetes increases the risk of serious health problems like:

Heart disease

Blindness

Nerve damage-which can lead to having a toe, foot or leg removed

Kidney failure

Stroke

The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes, including:

Watching your weight

Eating healthy

Staying active

What is diabetes? Having diabetes means glucose (sugar) levels in your blood are too high. Your body depends on glucose for energy. When you eat, most of the food turns into glucose. Your blood carries the glucose to other parts of your body. When you have diabetes, your body has trouble turning glucose into energy. Instead of being used by your body, the glucose build up in your blood and your body is starved of energy. This can damage the body. Diabetes is a chronic (long term) condition.

Next month we will look at prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

In His healing love, Sarah (Parish Nurse)