Living with Diabetes

Nearly 16 million people in the United States have diabetes. But diabetes can be treated.  With the right care and some lifestyle changes, you’ll feel better, and enjoy a long and healthy life.

What is diabetes?

When you have diabetes your body does not have enough of the hormone "insulin", or it is not working correctly. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body makes little or no insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body is making insulin but is not able to use it.

Is there a cure?

There is no cure for diabetes, but many people with the illness can live healthy lives. Your Doctor will work closely with you to set up a plan. Here are some changes you can make to stay healthy:

  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Exercise each day
  • Take your medicine the way your Doctor tells you
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Check your blood sugar levels
  • See your dentist every six months, and your eye doctor yearly
  • Practice good foot and skin care

When to see your Doctor

Whether you have diabetes or not, you should see your Doctor often. If you have diabetes, Doctor visits are important. Your Doctor will review your blood sugar levels, perform tests and check your feet.

You don’t always have to wait for regular visits. Call your Doctor if:

  • You have the flu, cold, or respiratory infection
  • You have discomfort in your hands or feet
  • You have any vision problems

Learn more about diabetes by joining the Diabetes Self-Management Program – it’s FREE for IEHP Members.

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