For those with diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or cannot use its own insulin efficiently. This can cause sugar to build up in the bloodstream and enable diabetes to occur.

Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. More than 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 84 million have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Borderline or pre-diabetes means your blood glucose has been running higher than is considered normal but has not reached the range to be diagnosed with diabetes. With pre-diabetes, individuals can sometimes make dietary changes, start an exercise program, and/or lose weight to enable glucose levels to go back to a normal range. Often pre-diabetes can be a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

Additional Facts about Diabetes

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults
  • 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than those without diabetes
  • About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage
  • Diabetes can cause pain in the hands and feet, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems

The earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the better the chance of lowering the risk of serious complications. More information is available at diabetes.org or by calling 1.800.DIABETES.

Diabetes education Group

Maury Regional offers a Diabetes Education Group that meets monthly to discuss the care and management of diabetes. The group is open to those with diabetes and their family members. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Classes & Events section or contact the certified diabetes educator at 931.540.4324.