Diabetes awareness is vital to good health


By Amy Lucas - Healthy Carolinians



Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians is a local group that consists of public-private partnerships representing public health, hospitals, health and human service agencies, civic groups, churches, schools, businesses, community members and leaders.

The mission of the Sampson County Partners for Healthy Carolinians is to improve the health and quality of life for Sampson County’s citizens.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, with Nov. 14 being World Diabetes Day. We encourage all people to take the time to learn about diabetes during the month of November. In keeping with our mission, we have included the following information from the National Institute of Health: Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

What is diabetes?

There are three main types of diabetes:

• Type 1 diabetes – Your body does not make insulin. This is a problem because you need insulin to take the sugar (glucose) from the foods you eat and turn it into energy for your body. You need to take insulin every day to live.

• Type 2 diabetes – Your body does not make or use insulin well. You may need to take pills or insulin to help control your diabetes. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.

• Gestational diabetes – Some women get this kind of diabetes when they are pregnant. Most of the time, it goes away after the baby is born. But even if it goes away, these women and their children have a greater chance of getting diabetes later in life.

You are the most important member of your health care team.

You are the one who manages your diabetes day by day. Talk to your doctor about how you can best care for your diabetes to stay healthy. Some others who can help are:

• dentist

• diabetes doctor

• diabetes educator

• dietitian

• eye doctor

• foot doctor

• friends and family

• mental health counselor

• nurse

• nurse practitioner

• pharmacist

• social worker

How to learn more about diabetes.

• Take classes to learn more about living with diabetes. Contact Sampson County Health Department at 910-592-1131, ext. 4249.

• Join a support group to get peer support with managing your diabetes. Contact Robin Palmer at 910-596-5406.

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By Amy Lucas

Healthy Carolinians

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