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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

Little changes, big results: After managing his diabetes, Colin Minehart wants to help others

Colin Minehart, a 61-year-old resident of Albert Lea, Minnesota, was determined to improve his health. He listened to what his doctors told him. But, for some reason, he found it hard to follow their advice.

October 4, 2017

Diabetes education classes lead to improved quality of life

Ken Moore had lost his get-up-and-go. His wife said he had no motivation and should see a doctor. That's when he learned he had Type 2 diabetes.

September 11, 2017

Diabetes: What you need to know — and do

If current trends continue, as many as one in three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. That projection is staggering, but it doesn't necessarily have to come true. Almost 30 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, and there are several forms of the disease.

Kristi Stemsrud PAC By Kristi Stemsrud August 2, 2017

Lifestyle changes bring rapid results for diabetes patient

Has life got you tired much of the time? Read how a simple diabetes test, some lifestyle changes and support from others turned that around for one woman in Barron, Wisconsin.

August 2, 2017

A new me: Small steps lead to big changes

Pam Horlitz was in a place that’s familiar to many of us. She was tired and stressed. There were a few too many pounds on the scale. Many of us stay in that place. Horlitz, herself, had stayed there for years. But, two years ago, she decided to change, and she knew she needed help to do it.

June 26, 2017

Diabetes educator helps Ron Jannicke adjust to new diagnosis

Eau Claire resident Ron Jannicke admits he’s flirted with diabetes and elevated A1-C counts over the past decade or so. That changed recently, after Jannicke, 70, was prescribed prednisone. He suddenly went from edging toward diabetes to an official diagnosis.

April 26, 2017

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