Delay Diabetes Complications

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Did you know that the number one complication of diabetes over time is heart disease? Other complications of diabetes may include nerve damage or neuropathy, liver and kidney damage, vision problems, infections, gum disease, skin and foot problems.

All of these complications are caused by high blood sugar over time. Unfortunately once there is damage we may not be able to correct it. However, we can always delay or prevent further damage with day-to-day maintenance of a normal blood sugar.

In Extension’s Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, we help you learn ways to better manage diabetes and to prevent or delay the complications caused by high blood sugar. A former program participate said that she learned the importance of watching food labels, portion size and counting carbohydates eaten at each meal and the importance of taking charge of her own health risk. 

The free six-week Diabetes Self Management program begins Friday, July 22 at East Burke Senior Center. Each weekly session meets from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Pre-register by calling East Burke Senior Center at 828-397-3397 or call our office for more information.

Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences