When you have diabetes, you body has problems converting the food you eat into energy.
Normally, the food we eat is broken down into glucose, a form of sugar that is used by our cells for growth and energy. For cells to use glucose, insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) must be present. If insulin isn't present, or if the cells don't respond to it, glucose stays in the bloodstream, causing a rise in the blood sugar or blood glucose level.
If untreated, diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels.
Glucose screenings measure whether or not your blood glucose level is higher than what's considered normal. If it's high you may be able to restore your blood glucose level to a normal level through diet and exercise.
Catholic Health offers free glucose screenings throughout the Western New York area. To learn about upcoming screenings, click here to visit our events calendar.
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For individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes, Catholic Health's diabetes management program will keep you up-to-date on nutrition and meal planning, medications, glucose monitoring and more.
Every program consists of a series of four classes. You have the option to choose a series offered in the morning, afternoon or evening. Check our calendar of events for a list of upcoming Diabetes Education classes.
Program charges are covered by most insurances. You should check with your insurance company prior to scheduling classes.
Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes in which a pregnant woman's blood sugar, or glucose levels, becomes elevated.
At our gestational diabetes class, you will learn how to manage your glucose levels and how to eat healthy and plan nutritious meals.