Living with diabetes blog

Welcome to the diabetes blog

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E. December 18, 2008

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, and according to the American Diabetes Association there are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, who have diabetes.

Unfortunately, 1 out of every 4 people who has diabetes is unaware. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney damage, heart disease, and lower-limb amputations. Persons with diabetes can decrease their risk of complications by controlling their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

With your help, we hope we can increase awareness and find ways that you can help each other manage your disease.

If you're already managing diabetes, you know it can be time consuming.

The daily routines of diabetes self-management involve foot care, exercise, carbohydrate counting, self-monitoring of blood glucose, oral medications, insulin, or even a combination of oral medications and insulin.

Here are some questions for you:

  • How much time do you spend managing your diabetes every day?
  • Have you ever been tempted or even tried taking a vacation from your diabetes self-management?
  • If so, what happened if anything, and what did you learn from the experience?

We look forward to you sharing your responses with us. Welcome to the blog.

- Nancy and Peggy

Dec. 18, 2008