14 Nov The Progress: Blood glucose monitoring important for diabetes control
“November is American Diabetes Month, an important time to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes. Approximately 10 percent of the adults in our region have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control for our state counties.
Clearfield County is a little higher at 11.6 percent while the surrounding counties range between 7.7 in Cameron County, 8.2 percent in Elk County, 9.3 percent in Jefferson County and 10 percent in Clarion County.
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from problems in how insulin, a hormone in the body, is produced, how it works or both. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States causing blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems if it is not controlled.
Since 2014, through the 340B program, the Diabetes and Nutrition Wellness Center at Penn Highlands DuBois has provided blood glucose meters and monitoring supplies to patients referred for diabetes education by Penn Highlands Physician Network providers throughout the system.”