November is Diabetes Awareness Month

During Diabetes Month, Floyd Valley Diabetes Education encourages you to learn if you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. The best first step is to make an appointment with your primary care provider. They can discuss lifestyle choices and order the appropriate lab work.

Here are some numbers you should know:

  • Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in the cells of your body. The body does need cholesterol to make hormones and assist with body function, but too much cholesterol can cause various issues such coronary heart disease.
  • Blood Glucose screens for the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. The body does need sugar to help supply the body with energy, but unsafe levels can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
  • A1C measures the average blood glucose for a 3-month period, giving a better overview of how the body is managing sugar.
  • BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a calculation using your height and weight to estimate the amount of lean tissue mass in one’s body.

Sometimes just a few modifications such as shedding a few pounds, eating healthier or getting more exercise may be all you need to take charge of your health. Other times you may be referred on for more education for pre-diabetes, diabetes or gestational diabetes. The Floyd Valley Diabetes Education team is here to help you no matter where you are in your health journey. If you have any questions, please call us at (712) 546-3443.