Treating diabetes through knowledge
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, there may be lifestyle changes you’ll need to make or medications your doctor will recommend to help control your symptoms. At Novant Health, our diabetes experts are here to help you understand your options and provide the care you need.
If you are suffering from diabetes, it may help to know that you are not alone. Diabetes affects nearly one in 20 Americans. While detection and medical treatment are two of the most important steps in providing care for diabetes, we believe that knowledge is the most powerful prescription for reducing the complications of this disease.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where your pancreas is unable to produce insulin or does not effectively use the insulin that is produced. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted from your pancreas. It removes glucose, or sugar, from your blood and delivers it to your body's cells for fuel.
Learn how to manage your diabetes
At Novant Health, we have programs and classes designed for anyone living with diabetes. We help you use the latest treatment tools and information to properly manage your care.
Know your target blood sugar numbers
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, we recommend that you know these critical health numbers and target ranges for blood sugar measurement:
- Diabetes HbA1c should be less than 7 percent
- Diabetes pre-meal glucose should fall between 70 – 130 mg/dl
- Diabetes post-meal peak glucose should be less than 180 mg
Novant Health doctors and staff are nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for overall diabetes care. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are at risk for diabetes or want to be tested for the disease, contact a diabetes expert at the Novant Health location nearest you.
Learn about one family's experience with this condition by visiting our diabetes blog, "Journey to Wellness." Click here to get started »