Jody Annis, RN, BSN is Mayo’s Diabetes Nurse Navigator working with Mayo Regional Hospital Rural Health Clinics to provide our patients with the tools and knowledge to manage diabetes. We offer a comprehensive program designed to help people with diabetes and their families gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to achieve and maintain optimal diabetes control. We will work with you and your provider to develop a personalized care plan.
For energy, our bodies change the food we eat into a sugar called glucose. Our bloodstream then carries glucose to our cells. A hormone called insulin helps get glucose into the cells where it can be used for energy.
Diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or use it properly. When glucose cannot enter the cells, it builds up in the bloodstream. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, and nerves, leading to serious health problems.
You are at risk if: