Chronic Conditions

Chronic conditions—such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia—affect many Louisiana residents. These diseases are often caused by lifestyle factors and some are preventable.

Learning about chronic conditions, especially those you have, is an important first step to understanding how to manage them and increase your quality of life or how to prevent getting them.

Diabetes and Avoiding Complications

Watch this 15-minute video to learn about diabetes and how it affects your body and your health. You will find out how to identify and treat diabetes symptoms, how to identify the short-term and long-term problems caused by diabetes, and how to prevent or postpone these problems. You will also learn about common treatments and how to self-manage (take an active role in managing) your condition.

Running time: 15 minutes

Nutrition and Diabetes

Watch this 8-minute video to learn about the benefits of healthy eating and how diet affects diabetes. You will learn about the different food groups and nutrients, including how carbohydrates affect your blood sugar the most. Plus, you will discover how to use the Plate Method to develop healthy, balanced meal plans.

Running time: 8 minutes