In South Texas, many people face the challenges of living with diabetes, and more are expected to be diagnosed in coming years.
- 20% of South Texans have diabetes
- 73% of South Texans are at risk for developing it
- Higher rate of diabetes-related death in border counties than all non-border counties combined
Talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Hunger, even after eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Slow healing cuts or bruises
- Tingling, pain, numbness in hands/feet
If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Nerve damage
- Kidney damage or failure
- Toe, foot or leg amputation
- Fungal infections
- Hearing problems
- Alzheimer’s disease
To avoid complications:
- Get screened by visiting a Healthy South Texas Diabetes Education location near you or taking part in our community outreach events.
- Learn how to combat and control diabetes by participating in our proven diabetes education courses or going to diosk.org.
- Eat well by attending our healthy cooking schools, nutrition education classes, gardening programs and farmers’ markets.
- Move more by engaging in our physical activity programs.
- Take your medications (if you can’t afford them, we can help).
Enjoy a longer, happier life with:
- Less diabetes-related complications
- Fewer hospitalizations
- Lower medical costs