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Diabetes Self-Management

Diabetes is a common condition that needs careful monitoring and management. ARcare’s Diabetes Self-Management Program will help you learn everything you need to know to stay healthy and avoid medical complications.

The ARcare Diabetes Self-Management Program is proud to be an AADE-recognized education program. Our Diabetes Self-Management Program offers individualized assessments and nutrition planning with a registered dietician. Our program also includes one-on-one education, classroom education, support group meetings, cooking classes, and exercise classes at two nursing homes. You can use the fitness equipment at our longevity centers in Brinkley and Augusta as part of your healthy exercise plan. Please contact our friendly staff to learn more about how the ARcare Diabetes Self-Management Program can help you.

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is a source of fuel. Insulin, which is a hormone, helps glucose enter the body’s cells where it is used for energy. People with diabetes do not produce insulin, do not produce enough insulin, or the insulin does not work like it should. As a result, glucose does not get into the body’s cells. Too much sugar in the blood can make people ill and result in medical complications.

There are different types of diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes, do not produce insulin and must be treated with insulin. Type 2 diabetes, also called adult onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but they either do not produce enough or the insulin does not work like it should.

Pre-diabetes is a condition that usually precedes type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes may be able to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes with lifestyle changes and careful monitoring.

While many cases of type 2 diabetes may be prevented, it remains the leading cause of diabetes-related complications such as blindness, lower leg amputations, and chronic kidney failure.

There is no cure for diabetes. People with diabetes need to diligently manage their disease to remain healthy and reduce the risk of medical complications. Prevention, technology, and research have greatly improved the management of this condition, and many people with diabetes lead long, healthy lives.

Do you know what you blood sugar level is? Call the location nearest you to be tested for diabetes at ARcare.

Visit ARcare’s patient education library to learn more about diabetes.