|Part of diabetes education in Haiti|
In short, diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough or respond properly to insulin, which results in high blood glucose (blood sugar). Untreated, diabetes can cause complications and increase patients’ risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other serious ailments. Diet and exercise are an important part of diabetes management.
Given the prevalence of diabetes, its potential long-term consequences, and the lack of access to quality medical care in the communities where we work, we see diabetes education and treatment as a critical component of our medical programs. Field directors Sandra Sonley (Haiti) and Abby Sawyer (Guatemala) weigh in on what PID is doing about diabetes: