What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.
Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes, working together with their support network and their health care providers, can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
Diet, insulin, and oral medication to lower blood glucose levels are the foundation of diabetes treatment and management. Patient education and self-care practices are also important to help people with diabetes lead normal lives.
Self-management education is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life as it focuses on self-care behaviors, such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugar. It helps people with or at-risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.
On the Road Outreach Program
If you wish to register for free diabetes classes, please complete the registration form. Seating is limited and registration is required.
Registrants should be age 18 years and over diagnosed with diabetes, or family members and/or care givers to those diagnosed with diabetes.
You will receive a follow-up phone call and/or e-mail to confirm your registration.
Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.