Diabetes and Kidney Disease

On-screen: Diabetes and Kidney Disease On-screen: Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. On-screen: Were you aware of that? ANDRE: My doctor did inform me that diabetes can affect the kidneys. JENNIFER: I was not aware that diabetes was linked to kidney disease nor has my doctor told me about that. JIM: My doctor…

Heart Disease and Diabetes

On-screen: Heart Disease and Diabetes On-screen: Heart disease is the number one killer of people with diabetes. On-screen: Were you aware of that? JIM: I did not know that heart disease was the number one killer of people with diabetes; I knew there was a connection. MICHAEL: Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease….

The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes

[music playing] My main motivation when I found out I had gestational diabetes was to stay healthy for my family, for my son. My family has experienced type 2 diabetes. My mother had gestational diabetes and she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after she had my sisters. She actually didn’t even know that she…

Hypoglycemia and Diabetes

On-screen: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and Diabetes On-screen: What does it feel like when your blood sugar is low? KIM: Low blood sugars can feel many different ways. JENNIFER: I feel really tired. MICHAEL: My vision changes. KIM: Definitely ravenous hunger, sweating. ANDRE: I get very dizzy and lightheaded. JENNIFER: I get thirsty, I need…

Finding Diabetes Support

JIM: My feeling at the time was I hope I’m going to live, because I really didn’t know anything about diabetes. JENNIFER: I didn’t believe it. I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to think. MICHAEL: I felt a bit unnerved, but I wasn’t surprised. ANDRE: I expected it….