Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and lifestyle factors such as obesity and lack of exercise play a role. Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the country and is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S.
Diabetes is a progressive chronic disease that can be managed through lifestyle adjustments and medication. These management techniques can assist in preventing diabetic complications and can improve the lives of the 21 million Americans living with this disease.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90 – 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. It can lead to a wide range of other serious health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, dental disease and neuropathy. In addition, each year more than 80,000 people with diabetes undergo amputation and many more are dealing with chronic non-healing wounds.
The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing offers education and support to help individuals with diabetes learn how to manage, and indeed to live healthy, with this disease. Our unique and multi-dimensional Health & Wellbeing Assessment helps identify actions, education and lifestyle modifications that can benefit you. Our health team will work with you to develop a personalized action plan that includes realistic goals and actions targeted to improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
In this five-week series, participants learn how to take greater control in preventing diabetes problems. Topics include: an introduction to diabetes, healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing risks.