November 13, 2018

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.

Sometimes people call diabetes “a touch of sugar” or “borderline diabetes.” These terms suggest that someone doesn’t really have diabetes or has a less serious case, but every case of diabetes is serious.

What are the different types of diabetes? The most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day to stay alive.

Type 2 diabetes If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes Gestational diabetes develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Sometimes diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is actually type 2 diabetes.

 Veterams Honored by Big Valley School District
BIEBER — The Big Valley Joint Unified School District put on their 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Program last Friday.

Student Body President Reagan Dahle welcomed the audience. The Big Valley High School Color Guard presented the colors. Mrs. Jones’ 3-4 grade class did the Pledge of Allegiance. 4th grader Roslyn Dahle sang the National Anthem.

Paul Young, a U.S. Marine officer in the Vietnam Conflict and the School’s Color Guard which he trained performed as well as any trained active duty color guard.

The K through 8 students danced Courtesy of the Red White and Blue, using delightful costumes, streamers and red white and blue paper plates. Principal - Superintendent Paula Silva recognized the veterans and Guest of Honor: Christine Boyde, Chapter President of the Souring Eagle Blue Star Moms spoke before a power point presentation and retiring the colors.

Veterans Celebrations

Burney Veterans and guests make a traditional toast marking the 10th anniversary
of the end of World War One at 11:00 a.m. November 11

American Legion Post 369 conducted Veterans Day services at
Pine Grove Cemetery Sunday morning.