by: Tamera Manzanares 

Many of us take our vision for granted and may delay eye exams that help ensure our eyes stay healthy. This can have consequences, particularly for people with diabetes, which can damage a person’s eyes severely often without a person even knowing it. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults in the U.S., but as with many serious complications of the disease, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Dr. Kevin Borgerding, a Steamboat Springs internal medicine physician, helps patients keep tabs on their diabetes. He encourages proactive management that includes good blood sugar control; regular eye exams and other screenings; and lifestyle choices that will enable them to maintain active lives. “This day and age, no one should go blind or lose a foot because of diabetes,” he said.

The health care team includes a physician, specialists and diabetes educators or counselors. They provide patients with education and tools to help address or prevent complications. However, this assistance is only as effective as a patient’s commitment to maintaining or improving his or her health.

“So much of it is up to them,” Borgerding said.

Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels resulting from problems in the body’s production and/or use of insulin, the hormone that converts sugar, starches and other food into energy.

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source: Steam Boat Today –This article includes information from the American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tamera Manzanares writes for Yampa Valley Medical Center. She can be reached at