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Understanding diabetes: the pancreas, insulin

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You may have been told that you or someone you care for has diabetes. Now what?

diabetesKnowledge is power and understanding diabetes can become one of your greatest tools in the fight to control your condition and avoid serious complications.

First, diabetes is not one disease, but a group of conditions involving your pancreas and the hormone that it produces called insulin. The pancreas is a gland that is located deep in the abdomen between the stomach and the backbone and is surrounded by the liver, intestines and other organs. The pancreas makes hormones, including insulin, and pancreatic juices. The hormones enter the bloodstream, travel throughout the body and help the body use or store the energy that comes from food.

When your pancreas does not produce enough insulin and/or your body is unable to use all the insulin that is being made, too much glucose stays in your blood.

High blood glucose is also called high blood sugar. Over time, this high blood sugar can lead to organ damage and many other serious complications. Using a combination of lifestyle changes (diet, exercise) and treatment prescribed by your doctor (pills, insulin, etc.), gives you the control you need to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range.

For more on diabetes education or to enroll in a  Self-Management class, visit www.diabetesms.com or call 1-888-738-7929.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.