Diabetes & Nutrition Care
Nearly 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes and of that number about 8.1 million are undiagnosed, making diabetes the fastest growing disease in America. What's more, is that an estimated 86 million people have pre-diabetes, which puts people at risk for diabetes and causes health complications of its own.
In diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or doesn't properly use insulin. Insulin helps the body convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy. When too much glucose builds up in the bloodstream, it can lead to kidney, eye and nerve problems. Diabetes also puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. In pre-diabetes, people have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. New research shows that heart and circulatory damage can occur even during pre-diabetes. Thus, self-management and treatment at this stage is essential to preventing both diabetes and serious complications.
Diabetes self-management education given by certified diabetes educators (CDEs) will help persons with diabetes learn to live with the disease. As part of the KentuckyOne Health Healthy Lifestyle Centers, the Diabetes & Nutrition Care program offer education sessions in group and individual sessions at various locations throughout the state.
For Diabetes & Nutrition education information:
- For Lexington and Central/Eastern Counties please call: 859.313.2393 or 859.313.2595
- For Louisville /Surrounding Counties, please call: 502.587.4465 or 502.587.4576