Living Healthy With Diabetes

— Written By Eleanor Summers and last updated by

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

Diabetes is a chronic or ongoing condition. This means there is no cure. The good news is that there are ways to manage diabetes and to prevent or delay serious complications. Even if complications have started they can often be managed.

N. C. Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a free six-week program to help you learn to live a healthy life with diabetes beginning on Wednesday, July 10 at the Burke County Agricultural Building. Sessions will meet each Wednesday for six weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. To register, call the Extension Office at (828) 439-4460 if you or someone you care for needs help to:

  • Manage symptoms including fatigue and depression
  • Use relaxation techniques
  • Eat healthy
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Use medication effectively
  • Solve problems and set goals
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Feel better and take charge

In the 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 and learn to live healthy with diabetes. Mutual support and success will build your confidence in your ability to manage your health.