Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Managing diabetes can be difficult, requiring changes in lifestyle, physical activity, diet, and medication use. The Center for Health & Wellness can provide one-on-one diabetes management services that work with you and your primary care provider to optimize your health. Please contact us to schedule your diabetes consultation today.