Diabeatthis Initiative

Diabeatthis

DIABEATTHIS, is a new diabetes initiative launched by FoundCare to help those at risk for Prediabetes and those currently living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, have been fighting this disease for a long time, or are just here to help a loved one, we want you to know that we are here to help you along the way.

Our goal is to help improve the quality of life for all persons who have or at risk for diabetes. Our diabetes care team is here to help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive with diabetes by providing you with the tools, resources, and support to help you fight.

Nutrition, Fitness, and Self-Care are three important components we will mention throughout our initiative. Although we can provide you with everything you need to successfully manage your Type 1/ Type 2 diabetes, or reverse the course for those with Prediabetes, the only person that can change the outcome of this disease is YOU.

Take charge of your diabetes for life!

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that makes the body unable to control its glucose levels. Insulin is a hormone that lets glucose enter the cells in the body and stores the left-over glucose.  People with diabetes either have a resistance to the effect of this hormone or are unable to produce insulin (or enough of it). If the pancreas is not able to make insulin or the body is resistant to insulin, glucose levels in the body begin to increase. High glucose levels over time, will harm and cause complications in the body.


What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes because it most commonly develops in children and young adults, is the most severe form of the disease because the body is unable to produce its own insulin. Type 1 diabetes is treated by taking insulin injections or using an insulin pump. The challenge with taking insulin is that it’s tough to know precisely how much insulin to take due to different daily contributing factors. These include the food you eat, the amount of exercise you get, and the stress and emotions that play a part in your daily activities.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes but can be treated with diet, exercise, and weight loss. It is often referred to as adult-onset diabetes because it typically develops after age 35 however, anyone who is overweight that lives a sedentary lifestyle is at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a non-insulin dependent diabetes which means the body is still able to produce insulin but it doesn’t produce enough to manage glucose levels. Over time, your body develops a resistance to insulin which then causes Type 2 diabetes.  Treatment for type 2 diabetes focuses on improving ways to better use the insulin the body already produces to normalize blood sugar levels. In some cases, medication and insulin injections are necessary for treatment.


What is Gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a type of diabetes that consists of high blood glucose during pregnancy and is associated with complications to both mother and child. GDM usually disappears after pregnancy but women affected and their children are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.


What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes occurs when you have a higher than normal blood sugar level but it is not high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes yet. Without lifestyle changes, however, adults and children with prediabetes are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can bring your blood sugar levels back to normal which can help prevent Type 2 diabetes before it develops.


What happens if I don’t treat my diabetes?

Diabetes can take a toll on nearly every organ in your body if left untreated. Heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, kidney failure, nerve damage, blindness, and amputations due to peripheral artery disease (PAD) are a few devastating consequences that can occur. The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50 percent higher than for adults without diabetes.

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The most common symptoms of Diabetes include:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Extreme Thirst
  • Unsatisfied Hunger
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Decline in Vision
  • Labored Breathing
  • Cuts/Bruises that are slow to heal
  • Noticing Weight Loss without interrupting your eating habits(Type 1)
  • Tingling Pain or Numbness in the hands/feet(Type 2)
NUTRITION
SELF-CARE
FITNESS
RESOURCES

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West Palm Beach, FL 33406
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