Diabetes Education

 

Diabetes and Its Effect on Heart

Health Diabetes is a condition that refers to high blood glucose (sugar) levels. It results from the body’s inability to produce and/or use insulin, a hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy.

People with diabetes have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those who do not have diabetes. In fact, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes, and the American Heart Association lists diabetes as one of the top six controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The good news is that diabetes is treatable. However, it’s important to realize that even when blood sugar levels are under control, there is still some increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The reason? People with diabetes typically have other heart disease risk factors—such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and physical inactivity—which contribute to their heart disease risk. By working with their endocrinologist and controlling their diabetes and other risk factors, people with diabetes can reduce their overall risk.  

Treatment Options for Diabetes

Diabetes treatment begins the daily choices. Lifestyle changes are important in helping to control and reduce the progression of diabetes. These include:

  • Losing weight
  • Being physically active
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Quitting smoking  

These healthy behaviors are also essential in reducing other heart disease risk factors.

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, diabetes treatment may include medications to control blood glucose levels.  

Why Parrish Medical Center

Parrish Medical Center offers a comprehensive education program that teaches people with diabetes how to effectively manage their disease and supports both patients their families. PMC’s endocrinologists and other experts can help you schedule a screening and learn more about preventing or living with diabetes. And diabetes education classes are offered regularly.

Plus, PMC has earned The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification Gold Seal for healthcare quality in diabetes management, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

One serious complication of diabetes is that a minor wound can turn into an ulcer, so treating minor and serious wounds is essential. That’s why patients can rest easy knowing the Parrish Wound Healing Center is a National Healing Corporation Wound Healing Center.

Patient Education Downloads

Cardiac/LowSodium/Diabetic Menu | Download PDF


Parrish Healthbridge: Healthcare Simplified

For education, breaking news or a message from your physician, HealthBridge will get it to you quickly.

  • Healthy Living

    New PARRISHMED.com Coming Soon

    Get ready for an improved experience based on your feedback and today's requirements of mobile devices. Upgrades to PARRISHMED.com and a new...

  • Healthy Living

    HFHP Updates [11/17/2014]

    Updates have been made to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Commercial and Medicare Patients. These FAQs have been posted along with the...

  • Healthy Living

    Parrish Medical Center Earns ‘Top Pe...

    Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accred...

  • Healthy Living

    Join Parrish Medical Center for a Gi...

    Parrish Medical Center (PMC) will celebrate its vision, Healing Families—Healing Communities®, at the annual Gift of Light celebra...

  • Healthy Living

    Ebola | Separate the Facts From the...

    Ebola is scary. It’s important to separate the facts from the fiction—and the fear. Find out how the disease is really transmitt...

  • Healthy Living

    Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to H...

    TITUSVILLE, FLA, September 18, 2014 —Jess Parrish Medical Foundation has announced the law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A., William A. Boyl...

  • Healthy Living

    Local doctors raise nearly $3,000 fo...

    PORT ST. JOHN & TITUSVILLE, FLA (August 25, 2014)—Parrish Medical Group’s (PMG) team of physicians and staff completed 279 s...

  • Healthy Living

    PMG Opens Diagnostic and Urgent Care...

    North Brevard residents have a new, affordable option for diagnostic and urgent care services with the opening of the Parrish Medical Grou...

  • Healthy Living

    PMC Excels in Patient Safety – Award...

    Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score...

Our Services

PMC helps our community stay healthy by living our vision of Healing Families—Healing Communities®

See Services

Classes & Events

Get healthy—and stay that way!—with dozens of classes, events and support groups to choose from every month.

See Calendar

Accomplishments

Parrish Medical Center is among the nation's best in clinical care, safety and patient experiences.

See Awards

Patient Stories

Need a little get-healthy inspiration? Read about how people just like you have transformed their lives.

See Stories

Web Nursery

Parents of babies born at PMC can choose to have a picture of their baby posted.

Find Pictures

Online Scheduling

Parrish Medical Center lets you reserve a space at urgent care centers and the hospital's ER.

Check In