November kicks off National Diabates Awareness Month

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) November is national diabetes awareness month.

KMVT's Garrett Hottle sat down with one Twin Fall's woman living with diabetes to see how she manages the disease.

"I have type II Diabetes," Keri Crider, a resident of Twin Falls said. "It's where your body makes insulin but it is resistant to it and so you don't have enough insulin in your body to keep your blood at a normal level."

Keri Crider is just one of more than 128,000 Idahoans living with diabetes.

"So diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar rises too high," Endocrinologist William Malone said. "That's the most general way to think about diabetes."

There are two types of diabetes with the most common being type two among Americans.

"Type I diabetes is a problem where the immune system makes a mistake and attacks the pancreas," Malone said. "Type two diabetes is a situation where the pancreas works overtime, it basically burns out. It loses its ability to make insulin."

Crider talked about the daily routine of managing her disease.

"I check my blood every morning and every night before I go to bed, make sure it's at a good level," said Crider. "I take a pill a day...I take it once everyday, if you have a pretty bad case usually you take pills and insulin."

Crider said she's optimistic at recent technological developments made in managing diabetes, which Malone agreed.

"Most recently we have something called a continuous glucose monitor, which is a device that attaches to the skin, and it transmits a blood sugar to a receiver, without sometimes actually needing blood," Malone said.

Diabetes is a serious disease that can result in blindness, limb loss, or organ failure.

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