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Life with diabetes is a journey.

The paths you take can make the difference between sickness and health. The Pike County Health Department's Diabetes Management Program is committed to helping you choose the right path.

Diabetes makes it harder for your body to turn food into energy. It can cause sugar (glucose) to build up in the blood and high levels of sugar can damage nearly every part of your body.

Often the physical effects that uncontrolled diabetes has on your body are not evident until you experience complications such as heart attack, stroke, or a foot infection that does not heal.

When you have diabetes it is important to take care of yourself to prevent these complications.

How can we help you? The Pike County Health Department offers the following:

  • Free diabetic management classes
  • Appointments for one-on-one instruction with clients for diabetes management
  • Diabetes presentation to community groups
  • Diabetes prevention programs in schools

The Pike County Health Department is a member of the Pike County Diabetes Partnership. Visit them on Facebook.

Managing diabetes is a simple as A B C!

A1C below 7%

  • The A1C test reflects your blood glucose control over the past few months.
  • Work with your doctor to have your own personal A1C goal.
  • Every 1% above 6% elevates the risk for diabetic complications.
  • Your blood glucose will stay lower when you exercise and restrict calorie intake.

Blood pressure below 140/80

  • Up to 60% of people who have diabetes also have high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure can cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.
  • Blood pressure stays low when you reduce sodium in your diet (Lower systolic targets, such as <130 may be appropriate for certain individuals such as younger patients, if they can be achieved without undue treatment burdens.

Cholesterol in check

  • The LDL goal for most people is below 100.
  • The HDL goal for most men is above 40. For women, above 50.
  • Keep triglycerides below 150.
  • If you have diabetes you are more prone to cholesterol abnormalities and heart disease.
  • LDL or "bad" cholesterol can clog your blood vessels and cause heart attack or stroke. Your LDL target may be lower if you have cardiovascular disease.
  • LDL stays low when you eat less saturated fat and cholesterol from animal foods.
  • HDL or "good" cholesterol helps remove cholesterol from your blood vessels.
  • HDL stays high when you exercise, eat fish and soluble fiber, and live a healthy lifestyle.