Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly process food, causing too much sugar to accumulate in the blood.

When you eat, your body turns food into sugars, or glucose. Your pancreas then releases insulin to help turn the glucose into fuel for your body’s cells.

When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should, which causes sugar to build up in your blood. Over time, this sugar build-up can cause diabetes or prediabetes.

Although there are several types of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes may account for 90-95% of all diagnosed cases. Formerly called “adult-onset diabetes,” Type 2 can affect people at any age, even children. People who are overweight and inactive are also more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Some common signs and symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurry eyesight, and slow healing wounds. Diabetes, if not managed, can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.

There are a number of steps you can take to help control your diabetes:

  • Make healthy food choices
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Control your blood pressure levels
  • Control your cholesterol levels
  • Know your Numbers (PDF)

There are many resources available to help you control your diabetes or prevent it. If you currently have diabetes, join our free Care4Life program, or download a Diabetes Resource Directory.

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, sign up for our Diabetes Prevention Program, which is a free 6-week online program. To find out if you are at risk of developing diabetes, take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

Local Diabetes Resources

Created by the Nevada Diabetes Association, The Nevada Diabetes Resource Directory is an excellent local and statewide resource for anyone diagnosed with diabetes. Resources include:

  • Diabetes prevention and self-management classes
  • Free and low cost clinics
  • Help with medications
  • Specialists
  • Support groups
  • Diabetes management schedule

Download your free copy now in English or Spanish.

Care4life

A Better Way to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Do you have questions about your type 2 diabetes? Have trouble remembering to take your medication? Care4life can help.

Care4life is a free* program for adults that helps you manage your diabetes on your smartphone or computer. Use it to:

  • Find healthy recipes and nutrition information
  • Set reminders for doctor’s appointments and medications
  • Track your blood glucose
  • Set weight and exercise goals

*Standard message and data rates may apply.

This program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Getting Started

The Care4life program is limited to the first 500 participants. Here’s how to join:

  1. Visit care4life.com to create an account
  2. Choose YES when asked if you have a sign-up code
  3. Enter SNHD3

If you need any assistance, call 702-759-1271 or email earney@snhd.org.

Care4life is available to people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. If you do not have type 2 diabetes, but have prediabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, sign up for our free online diabetes prevention program and find local resources including low cost clinics, classes and support groups in the downloadable Diabetes Resource Directory.

Diabetes Resource Directory

Larry W.

Care4life Participant

I’ve had diabetes for 54 years and I have learned a lot from this program. In 7 months, I lost 45 pounds by watching what I eat and going for walks with my beautiful wife. My diabetes is now under control. I see better and walk better and owe this to Care4life because the messages remind me what I have to do to be healthy.

The Road to Diabetes Prevention

The Road to Diabetes Prevention is a free 6-session online program that may help you reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by learning your risk factors and making simple lifestyle changes. The program is self-paced and includes optional activities and resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Each week you will be presented a new topic to help you meet your goals and when you finish the course you will receive a certificate of completion.

It is recommended that you participate in one session per week. You can leave a session at any time and come back and finish it later. The program is open to anyone but is intended for people who do not have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but may have prediabetes, a condition where your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The program is for educational purposes and does not replace the advice of a doctor or healthcare provider.

This activity is partly supported by the Partnership to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant number 1U58DP005075-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.