November is American Diabetes Month. But what is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal.
Typically, the digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates – the sugars and starches found in many foods – into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The hormone “insulin” helps glucose get into the cells of our bodies.
But diabetes develops when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use insulin effectively. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
For those with diabetes, it is of the utmost importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle since diabetes can cause several health problems.
The Diabetes Education Center at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is committed to providing individuals with the skills and knowledge to manage diabetes and prevent diabetic complications. For more information, call 845-334-4249.