What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.
Over time, high blood glucose leads to problems such as
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- eye problems
- dental disease
- nerve damage
- foot problems
Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.
Are You at Risk for Developing Diabetes?
You can find out if you are at risk by texting “RISKTEST” to 97779 or click “TAKE THE RISK TEST” in the box below.
If You Have Diabetes or Prediabetes, What Do You Do Next?
Talk with your health care provider at your next visit. If you have healthcare coverage, check with your provider to see what diabetes resources are available to you.
If you have been diagnosed with either Prediabetes or Diabetes, here’s where you can get help. Remember, you are not alone!
Diabetes Prevention Programs for Those at Risk of Diabetes
Our Diabetes Prevention Program is delivered by a trained lifestyle coach to facilitate a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve their participant’s health. By learning how to become more physically active, eating healthy, managing stress, learning copping strategies; and receiving support can make a positive change in your life. To find a program near you, click here or click on the map below.
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program, helps patients create new, healthier lifestyles that will keep diabetes under control. The program explains what diabetes is and tells you how to recognize and manage the symptoms, how to monitor sugar and blood pressure levels, how to increase your physical activity and how to make smarter food choices. To find out if there is a program near you, click here or click on the map below. If you don’t live in one of the blue counties above, call toll free 1-877-375-5700, option 2 to get information on programs hosted by AFMC.
The ADH has Lifestyle Coaches in every region of the state. Lifestyle Coaches have been trained to help you set and meet goals to live a healthier life. You will learn to:
- Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
- Add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time
- Deal with stress
- Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work—like how to choose healthy food when eating out
- Get back on track if you stray from your plan—because everyone slips now and then
If you are interested in working with a coach to manage diabetes or high blood pressure, call Be Well Arkansas or fill out the online form below to request services.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
If you have health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, you may be taking a lot of medicines. Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is a program offered by many pharmacies to help make sure the prescription drugs you're taking are working for you. MTM pharmacists work closely with you and your doctors to help you get the best results from your medicines and make sure there are no problems. They will review the medicines you are taking and answer any questions you may have. An MTM pharmacist will make sure that:
- You are taking the right amount of medicine.
- Your medicines are not interacting with each other.
- You are taking only the medicines you need.
- Any vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter drugs you are taking are safe and effective.
- You are spending no more than you need for your medicines.
To find a MTM near you, click here or click on the map below.
Self-Management Tips for Diabetes
If you have Diabetes or pre-Diabetes, the AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors are essential to managing it. These skills were developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and are listed below. For more on each of these behaviors, click here.
AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™
- Healthy Eating
- Being Active
- Taking Medication
- Problem Solving
- Reducing Risks
- Healthy Coping
© 2018 American Association of Diabetes Educators.