Living with Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family & even though there’s the possibility that Diabetes will affect your day-to-day life it is possible to lead a full and healthy life.  Diabetes management is critical to avoid long-term damage to your body.  This treatment plan will vary depending on the type of Diabetes you may have.

People with type 1 diabetes cannot naturally produce insulin, a hormone necessary to process glucose into energy.  This causes blood glucose levels to go dangerously high, causing system-wide damage.  Because of this, the immediate goal of type 1 diabetes management is to provide the insulin you need to bring down your blood glucose level.  Keeping blood glucose levels steady will prevent serious complications such as blindness, nerve damage, organ failure, and/or amputations.

People with type 2 diabetes have become resistant to insulin, creating many of the same problems faced by people with type 1 diabetes. The goal of type 2 diabetes treatment is to regain control over blood glucose levels, and then maintain that control long-term to prevent complications.

Gestational Diabetes develops in women during pregnancy, causing their blood sugar levels to rise. Since this form of diabetes usually resolves itself after childbirth, the goals are focused on managing blood glucose levels to maintain the immediate health of the baby and the mother.

Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, understanding your condition is most important.  Having a good care plan will make all the difference.  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Maryanne Kesting  will be having an educational workshop on managing Diabetes.  Maryanne’s workshop will cover basic diabetes information, including tips for staying healthy and living with diabetes.  Complimentary diabetes educational materials will be provided along with a free cookbook to be mailed after taking part in the education session.  We encourage you to stop by the expo and take advantage of this wonderful information.


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