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What is Diabetes? 

Diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is too high. Your blood always has some glucose in it because the body uses glucose for energy; it's the fuel that keeps you going. But too much glucose in the blood is not good for your health.

Your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose. Your blood takes the glucose to the cells throughout your body. The glucose needs insulin to get into the body's cells. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, an organ near the stomach. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin helps the glucose from food get into body cells. If your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work right, the glucose can't get into the cells, so it stays in the blood. This makes your blood glucose level high, causing you to have diabetes.

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Diabetes Self-Management Education 

If you have diabetes, you need diabetes self-management education (DSME).

Living and coping with diabetes can be difficult. You may feel angry, depressed, or alone. However, you can have a full and active life even though you have diabetes. Managing diabetes may not be easy but the benefits are worth the effort.

Diabetes self-management education gives you the skills and confidence you need to learn to manage your diabetes. People who learn to manage their diabetes from the start have fewer health problems from diabetes years later.

Ask your doctor to refer you to diabetes self-management education. Diabetes self-management education is covered by insurance. (A co-pay or deductible may be required.)

Find a DSME provider near you:
American Association of Diabetes Educators - Florida Programs
American Diabetes Association - Provider Search Page

If you have any difficulty with insurance coverage of diabetes self-management education, contact the Office of Insurance Regulation Consumer Hotline at 1-877-693-5236.