What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above
normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies
to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone
called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes,
your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well
as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness,
kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause
of death in the United States.
National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention And Health Promotion and NC Diabetes
Prevention and Control Branch have published information and resources about diabetes;
As well as facts about diabetes in North Carolina. Please read the brochures below
for more information.
Diabetes Screening Locations
The Public Health Department maintains a listing of free or low costs diabetes screening
services for the community.
Click here for the list of agency contact information. Please feel free
to call (336) 703-3219 with questions or for more information.