Diabetes Management for You

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors appear to play roles in people developing diabetes.

Types of diabetes

Prediabetes – A condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes – a condition in which the body produces little or no insulin

Type 2 Diabetes – a condition in which the body does not use insulin properly. Click here for information about risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes – occurs in some pregnant women with high glucose levels during pregnancy


Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes requires lifestyle changes. The following resources are for you to help manage the disease.

If you have diabetes, you should know your ABCs:

A1c Test

A1c Test

Every 3 months (Ideal: less than 7)

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

Healthy blood pressure (Ideal: less than 120/80)

Cholesterol

Cholesterol

Ideal: LDL less than 100, HDL greater than 40

Stop using tobacco

Stop using tobacco

Stop smoking, if you are a smoker

Click here for more information on managing diabetes

Learn how to better manage your diabetes on your own or with help from others. The Manage Your Diabetes Guide is an excellent resource to help people with diabetes get the best care possible at the best price possible.

Living with diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of stroke, blindness and kidney failure—but the disease can be controlled. Listen to these stories about how four individuals learned to manage their diabetes.

Essic’s Story:
Living with complications from diabetes

Sylvia’s Story (Spanish):
Living with type 2 diabetes

Laura’s Story:
A female with type 2 diabetes

Benjamin’s Story:
A juvenile with type 1 diabetes

Learn more from the American Diabetes Association.

Click here for information on prediabetes

Learn how to better manage your diabetes on your own or with help from others. The Manage Your Diabetes Guide is an excellent resource to help people with diabetes get the best care possible at the best price possible.

Emergency: Are you ready?

North Carolina Drug Card

If you are not able to afford your medication, check with your provider about programs that may be of assistance. As a resident of North Carolina, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program. Click here for the coupon.

Find a diabetes management program

Diabetes Self-Management and Education Support (DSMES) programs offers individual and group education. During a one-on-one session with your diabetes educator, you will create a plan to fit your needs and lifestyle. Read more about how you can manage diabetes with DSMES.

DSMES helps you control your diabetes by teaching you how to manage your blood sugar levels, control complications from diabetes and keep costs down. Click here to learn more.

Click here to locate a DSMES program near you.


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