What is Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy and the preferred source of fuel for your brain and muscles. When you eat certain foods, your body breaks those foods down into glucose and sends it into the blood stream. Your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which helps move glucose from the blood into your cells where it is used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin you do make, doesn’t work properly. Too much glucose stays in your blood and not enough reaches your cells. Over time, having too much sugar in your blood can cause different health problems.
The good news is that you can take steps to lower your chances of developing diabetes-related health problems:
• Lose weight if you are overweight
• Learn how to eat a healthy and balanced diet
• Move more and become more active
Diabetes and The vEGGIE Rx prescription
The Whatcom Veggie Rx (WVRX) program is designed to help people with Type 2 diabetes who may struggle with getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. Medical providers at our community health centers identify patients with high hemoglobin A1c levels and discuss how the Veggie Rx program can help them manage their blood sugar levels. Every month, participants receive a $40 voucher to spend on fresh and frozen produce at select locations. Participants can also attend nutrition and wellness classes to learn the basics of healthy eating, meal planning, food budgeting and how to grocery shop successfully.