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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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Healthy Living with Diabetes

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Healthy Living with Diabetes

Community Education

Eau Claire, WI
4-6:30 p.m.
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In The News

Expert offers advice during Diabetes Awareness Month

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 9 percent of the U.S. population had diabetes in 2015, and it’s the country’s seventh-leading cause of death.

November 7, 2017

From The Blog

Caring for a loved one with diabetes

Oftentimes in a diabetic person's life, he or she may need the help of a loved one. A diabetic person encounters many stages in life. Sure, it can be difficult at times, but the more prepared you are, the better you can handle the situation.

Kristi Stemsrud PAC By Kristi Stemsrud December 12, 2017

Quarterback shuts out Type I diabetes

Between school, football, farming and living the life of a high school senior, Jack Gadient manages Type I diabetes, which he was diagnosed with when he was 7.

November 30, 2017

Tips for living well with Type 2 diabetes

It can come as a shock to be diagnosed with a long-term illness. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, but it’s important to know how to manage those feelings and learn how to cope with the daily stress of living with Type 2 diabetes.

November 3, 2017

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