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If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the reasons may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.

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From The Blog

What to know about diabetes

Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how our bodies use glucose (blood sugar). Having diabetes means you have too much glucose in your blood, and that can lead to serious health problems.

Julie Schema CDE By Julie Schema November 1, 2016

Types of diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control reports over 29 million people, fewer than 10 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. It’s also estimated that of those, 8.1 million people are undiagnosed.

Lori Flynn, C.D.E. By Lori Flynn October 18, 2016

Determination, willpower help Mike Krueger manage diabetes

Mike Krueger’s life began to change before he even knew it. With twin grandchildren soon to be born, Krueger’s wife, Bev, urged her husband to go in for his Tdap vaccination and a physical back in March. One of his tests indicated Krueger’s blood sugar was elevated. In fact, he had type 2 diabetes.

October 4, 2016

I've been diagnosed with prediabetes. What does that mean?

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it means your blood sugar levels are not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes, but are high enough to indicate a need for change. Learn more ...

Anne Bauch, R.D. By Anne Bauch January 14, 2016

Diabetes awareness: Striding toward a healthier you

Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of lives in this country. More than 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 8 million remain undiagnosed, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Roughly 86 million people are estimated to have prediabetes, which is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. One out of three people in this country will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. 

Sheryl Peterson RN By Sheryl Peterson November 10, 2015

Tuned-in technology: Program monitors patients from afar

Like everyone, Katherine Schmitz has good days and bad days — but the bad days are what worry her family and medical team. That's when her medical providers recommended she try Telehealth, a home monitoring program.

September 4, 2015

What is Mayo Clinic’s Diabetes Technology Clinic?

Insulin was discovered in 1921. But until about 35 years ago, people with diabetes still relied on multiple daily insulin injections to manage their blood glucose and avoid life-threatening situations. Improvements in technology are now making lives easier for people with the disease.

January 19, 2015

Diabetes and your eyes

Everyone needs to take care of their eyes, but when you have diabetes, eye exams are especially important. Here's why.

Christina Miller, O.D. By Christina Miller November 6, 2014

Care coordination gives Albert Lea patient a great transition

When Sandra Carter was told in January that she needed rotator cuff surgery on her shoulder, she was worried. She didn't need to be because she was in good hands.

September 12, 2014

The importance of health checkups for men

Even if you feel healthy, you should at least get your blood pressure checked and consult with your doctor to make sure you’re getting enough exercise and eating healthy foods, according to Don Smith, M.D., a general surgeon on the Austin campus of Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.

July 20, 2014

A New Me: Lifestyle management helps La Crosse woman make changes inside and out

History was repeating itself in Angie Roggensack’s life ... until she took control.

July 14, 2014

Weight loss and diet lead to big changes for Menomonie man

Sixty-five-year-old Bob Hendrickson is enjoying retirement to the fullest. By taking charge of his health and making a few lifestyle changes, Hendrickson is doing what he can to make sure he is able to enjoy life for a long time to come.

February 6, 2014