Supporting Buncombe, Madison, & McDowell Counties in Preventing Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to produce or use insulin. When the body turns food into energy (also called sugar or glucose), it releases insulin to help take this energy into the cells. But, with Diabetes, this glucose stays in the blood stream and cells don't get the energy they need. As glucose builds up in the blood, it may also harm the heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes over time.

There are Several Types of Diabetes:


Before people develop Type 2 Diabetes, they almost always have Prediabetes or Borderline Diabetes. This means that their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Diabetes.

Not everyone with Prediabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes, and people can lower their risk.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by several things. Some people with Type 2 can control their blood glucose by healthy eating and being active.

They may also need to take oral medications or insulin to keep their blood glucose level in a safe range.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as Juvenile Diabetes. With Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.

With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Honest stories about living with Diabetes in WNC

Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes or PreDiabetes? You are not alone. There are thousands just like you living in Western North Carolina. We are gathering their honest stories of hope, inspiration and support and sharing them with you here. Check back often for new stories and let us know if you’d like to share yours!

About ACT Now!

ACT Now! is a community campaign available in both English and Spanish to raise awareness about Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. ACT Now! is also providing connections, supports and education about prevention in Buncombe, Madison and McDowell counties.

 ACT Now! is working to reduce the number of people with Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes by supporting communities to build systems that help people before they get sick and by supporting at-risk individuals to make lifestyle choices that improve their health and quality of life.

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