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Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or it can’t use it’s own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar”.
Diabetes affects 25.8 million people which is about 8.3% of the U.S. population. Among U.S. residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, had diabetes in 2010. About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes (type 1 or type 2) in the U.S. in 2010. About 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the U.S.
Diabetes is a serious lifelong condition that is not curable but is definitely treatable. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations and new cases of blindness of adults in the U.S. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
Controlling blood glucose levels helps to prevent or delay chronic complications such as heart disease , blood vessel disease, blindness, kidney disease, amputations, neuropathy, gum disease and even depression. Good control is achieved by attention to nutrition, exercise, taking medications if ordered, glucose monitoring, regular check-ups and catching complications early.
The Diabetes Program Director is Lacye Crumpton, PharmD. You can call her at 325-869-5911
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