Diabetes Not Only About Blood Sugar but Whole Health
It's important to know that diabetes is not just about monitoring blood sugar, but understanding how it affects the whole body:
"Tupelo firefighter Jimmy Avery fights a daily war on many fronts.
The battle ground isn’t a house fire, but inside his blood vessels in the form of diabetes. He monitors not just his blood sugar, blood pressure and checks his feet for signs of non-healing wounds. He struggles with keeping portion sizes in check at meal time.
“It’s a constantly changing battle,” said Avery, who was diagnosed in 2005. “What works today doesn’t work tomorrow.”
The stakes are high. If diabetes is left unchecked it can burn you – damaging eyes and kidneys, jeopardizing limbs with unhealing wounds and dramatically increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke."