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Diabetes

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.

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    If you are overweight, losing some weight can improve your blood glucose

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    Don’t skip meals

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    Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables

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    Be more active. Aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, spread out over at least 3 days

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    Take your medication as prescribed

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local_hospital Treatment Facilities/Your Health Care Team

Your primary care provider (a general practitioner, internist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) may take care of your diabetes, or refer you to an endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in diabetes) as needed.

A Registered Dietitian, an expert in food and nutrition, teaches you how your food affects your blood glucose and how to plan meals.

A Diabetes Care and Education Specialist teaches you to manage and live with diabetes.

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.

      assessment Kane County Chronic Disease Stats

      View Our Stats Page
      10.2%
      Adults with Diabetes
      7.5%
      Borderline/Pre-Diabetes
      26.9
      Age-Adjusted Hospitalization Rate due to Diabetes
      Hospitalizations/ 10,000 population 18+ years

      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.

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