Americans across the nation are dealing with a deadly epidemic, diabetes. This epidemic is silently affecting millions of adults and children throughout the US regardless of race or social class.   Long-term effects of diabetes include, kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and nerve damage. If controlled the effects of diabetes can be managed and individuals can live long healthy lives.

Diabetes is when the body has issues producing or using insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.   Diabetes has two major categories.

Type 1 diabetes is a result of the body’s inability to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, is when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t recognize the insulin being produced by the body and as a result the blood glucose level will be abnormally high. Both types of diabetes can lead to hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, and hyperglycemia, high blood sugar.


Heart Disease and Stroke
Kidney Disease
Eye Complications
Oral Health and Hygiene
Neuropathy and nerve damage
Foot Complications
Skin Complications
Gastroparesis and Diabetes

Controlling Diabetes

Although diabetes is a serious threat to an individual’s livelihood, simple lifestyle changes can drastically reduce the long-term effects of the disease.  Simple blood monitoring, consistent physical activity, and a focused diet will all help to manage blood sugar levels allowing for a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle.  Always consult a physician when striving to control diabetes.

Know the Symptoms:

Lack Of Energy

Excessive Thirst

Weight Loss

Frequent Urination

This information is not intended to take the place of medical advice from your physician.  Please consult your provider if symptoms persist.  For an in-depth explanation of what APWU Health Plan offers please refer to the Plan’s Brochure (RI 71-004).  APWU Health Plan is dedicated to helping you Live Life Well.