When you have diabetes, your body has trouble using sugar (glucose) in the blood. This leads to too much sugar in your blood.
A diabetes diagnosis can be scary. If your doctor tells you you’re at risk for developing diabetes, you should take it very seriously. But there are ways you can start living healthier right away. If you already have diabetes, you can control it and be a healthy person living with diabetes.
Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and face its devastating consequences. What’s true nationwide also is true in South Carolina.
S.C. ranks 7th highest in the nation in the percent of adult population with diabetes.
The serious complications include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness—and death.
People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes.
Your provider can diagnose diabetes through blood tests. These tests show if your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.
Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program.” It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.