What is Diabetes?
Why is it important to control blood glucose?
What steps are necessary to achieve good control?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition affecting your body's ability to use glucose (sugar) obtained from foods. Glucose is the body's source of fuel. A person's risk for diabetes goes up as they get older, gain weight or become less active. It is more common in individuals of African American, Asian American, Hispanic or Pacific Island ethnic backgrounds as well as those with a family history of diabetes.
It can be a silent disease. Left untreated, high blood sugar can cause serious health issues. A person can have problems with blood sugar for months or even years and be unaware. Additionally, a pre-diabetes condition can exist where mild elevations in blood sugar may also be impacting health.
Living with diabetes can be a challenge. It is important for those who have or who are at risk for diabetes to have education and support in creating a treatment plan which will work for them.
Your St. Luke's Diabetes Team
St. Luke's Hospital offers a team of individuals (physician, nurse educator, dietitian, exercise physiologist) to help you better understand what is happening in your body and guidelines for controlling blood sugar. Our team works together to share information and assist you in meeting your health goals.
Find out your risk for diabetes. Take our free DiabetesAware risk assessment now.