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TRMC ready to help you tackle diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood glucose levels are elevated from the body’s lack of insulin or ineffective use of insulin.

It is estimated that over 30 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes and 84 million adults have pre-diabetes.

Many people are unaware that they have the disease.

There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes.

With Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children, teens and young adults.

Most people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels.

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy.

There are several warning signs for diabetes, although some people have diabetes without any warning signs at all.

Warning signs of diabetes include: frequent urination, unusual thirst, tiredness, blurry vision, extreme hunger, very dry skin and numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes.

Also, Type 2 diabetes may be seen more frequently in people who get little exercise, are overweight, under a lot of stress and smoke.

The Diabetes Self-Management Program of Thibodaux Regional is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is committed to helping you learn how to care for your diabetes.

A Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Dietitian assist you in developing a diabetes management plan that works for you.

Our focus is to assist patients to instill lifestyle choices that support healthier lives.

If you are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, call the Diabetes Self-Management Program of Thibodaux Regional, 985-493-4765.

Katie Richard, MA, BSN, RN, is the continuing education coordinator for Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.