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Diabetes, one of the most common diseases in Fulton County, is the medical term for the presence of high blood glucose levels in the body.  It is always a serious lifelong disease that can contribute to the following:                                                                               

    • blindness
    • kidney failure
    • amputations
    • heart disease, stroke
    • hypertension
    • nerve damage
    • impotence
    • skin disorders
    • periodontal disease
    • pregnancy complications
    • disabilities
    • premature death

Pre-diabetes and diabetes can be prevented and controlled.

Know your status:

  • Request an A1c (blood glucose average) whenever you see your doctor
  • If you have diabetes monitor your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care team
  • Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol

 Eat A Balanced Diet: 

  • Avoid fat, especially saturated fats
  • Eat a variety of whole grains, think fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats
  • Limit carbohydrates

Keep Moving - Exercise Each Day

  • Brisk walks
  • Gardening
  • Housework
  • Walk a dog
  • Take the stairs
  • Swim
  • Dance
  • Yoga

Fulton County has services to assist you in understanding and managing diabetes and related complications. The Diabetes Community Action Coalition of Fulton County (DCAC) is mobilizing the community to reduce the health and financial burden of diabetes through education, policy changes, environmental changes and healthy life styles. DCAC also provides resources for self-management, education and training to empower people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes the understanding and skills needed to change behaviors and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

For More Information, call Patricia J. Jackson at 404-612-3590


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