Diabetes is a condition that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. This can happen if your pancreas (an organ behind your stomach) produces very little or no insulin, or when your body does not use the insulin well. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body store and use the carbohydrate in the food you eat. Without insulin, your body can’t use glucose for energy, so it stays in your blood and can cause serious problems. There are 3 major types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.
Healthy Living Tips
If you are overweight, losing some weight can improve your blood glucose
Don’t skip meals
Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables
Be more active. Aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, spread out over at least 3 days
Take your medication as prescribed
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
Treatment Facilities/Your Health Care Team
These health care professionals may be found at your local Kane County Hospital or Community Health Center. Please visit the following websites to find a provider near you.
Kane County Chronic Disease StatsView Our Stats Page
Statistics on this page come from www.kanehealthcounts.org. The Kane Health Counts website tracks many health and health-related indicators and compares these indicators against state averages and target goals. Understanding how Kane County is comparing and trending within each of these indicators allows for the identification of priority issues and the development of goals to improve the overall health of Kane County residents.