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Health Education - Diabetes


Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. 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 can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

About Diabetes

What Is Diabetes Opens in new window.?
What Is Diabetes? (Booklet Opens in new window.)
Type 2 Diabetes Opens in new window.
Diabetes: Know the Signs Opens in new window.
Diabetes Risk (Adults Opens in new window., U.S.)
Diabetes Risk (Children Opens in new window.)
Diabetes Risk (Teens Opens in new window.)

For more information, visit:
Learning About Diabetes: www.learningaboutdiabetes.org Opens in new window. or
CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/learn.htm Opens in new window.
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/ Opens in new window.

Are you eligible for My Gulf Care? Opens in new window. My Gulf Care is a local program which helps eligible participants control their Diabetes.
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