Uganda Diabetes Association (UDA) helps people manage their diabetes effectively by providing information, advice and support through,
-Diabetes care line: manned by trained counselors and educators to help callers with diabetes related questions or problems by phone or by email.
-Advocacy services: giving people with diabetes information to help them understand their rights and entitlements.
-Information service: providing in print and online covering all aspects of diabetes to help people with diabetes, family members and friends. We also provide specialized information for health care workers
UDA campaigns with people with diabetes and with health care professionals to improve the quality of diabetes care in Uganda.
We conduct or facilitate diabetes care related research in the country.
what people want to know about diabetes
The American Diabetes Association recommends a blood glucose range of 80-130 before meals and less than 180 about 2 hours after a meal. This range should place your A1c under 7.
A Hemoglobin A1c is a 2-3 month average of your blood sugars. This result gives you a good idea of how well your diabetes is being managed/controlled. The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1c of less than 7 to keep the risk of complications low.
You can eat just about anything you want. It is about knowing proper portion sizes and how much you are putting on your plate. A dietitian can help you learn to count carbohydrates and with meal planning that is specific for you.
It is very important to keep your blood sugar level under control. When your blood sugar level is high, it can cause damage in your veins and arteries. This damage could lead to complications later such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, neuropathies, vision problems, etc.
Sugar free foods can be part of a healthy meal plan in small amounts. Keep in mind though that some of these foods still have carbs (in the form of other sweeteners such as sorbitol, isomalt, and mannitol) and may affect your blood glucose levels. Many sugar free foods have calories and carbohydrates and lots of fat. Make sure you read the nutrition labels.
Diabetes classes are offered by Maury Regional Health and can be scheduled by your provider at with a certified diabetes educator and/or dietitian. This class is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.