Please remember to keep your blood sugar readings under control and to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam yearly. Early detection of any eye disease has to potential to save your vision. – MDA

Uncontrolled diabetes allows unusually high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia) to accumulate in blood vessels, causing damage that hampers or alters blood flow to your body’s organs — including your eyes. With both types of diabetes, abnormal spikes in blood sugar increase your risk of diabetic retinopathy. Eye damage occurs when chronically high amounts of blood sugar begin to clog or damage blood vessels within the eye’s retina, which contains light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors) necessary for good vision.- All About Vision

By Christopher Curry Staff writer

More than 29 million people in this country have diabetes. Suwannee County resident Ron Bovin is one of them.

Bovin, 67, was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 15 years ago. He dedicated himself to losing weight and eating healthier, and eventually he no longer had to take medication.

But over time, unhealthy eating habits came back — and so did the weight, he said.

Bovin said the final straw came when his 90-year-old mother moved in with him, she started cooking meals and he slipped into a diet of large helpings of good-tasting but less-than-nutritious foods.

Eventually, his diabetes flared back up.

On Wednesday, Bovin found himself in a small meeting room at North Florida Regional Medical Center taking a two-day course on diabetes self-management with seven other people, including a co-worker with whom he’d formed an unofficial two-person support group.

“I need to get back on the routine again,” Bovin said. “It will get me kick-started and help me relearn what I learned 15 years ago. Over 15 years, all these old habits started to creep back up.”

Seated in a U formation at cafeteria-style folding tables, the group at North Florida Regional spent about three hours listening and asking questions as Theresa Davis, the program coordinator for the hospital’s Diabetes Center, detailed tips for exercise, eating healthy, checking glucose levels and the importance of undergoing A1c tests, which check the average amount of glucose in a person’s blood during a span of 2 to 3 months and give a snapshot of a person’s glucose levels long-term……..

more: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150116/ARTICLES/150119773/-1/entertainment?Title=As-diabetes-numbers-rise-programs-help-with-taking-control-of-the-disease

source: The Gainesville Sun

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