Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
There are 25.8 million people in the United States, or 8.3% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 7.0 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.
One-on-one counseling is offered by a certified diabetes educator for patients and families at UAMS only.
Learning how to care for your diabetes can help you prevent complications.
For more information call 501-526-7314.