Diabetes Awareness

for Colville Tribes

Prevent the onset of diabetes, and manage existing symptoms by making simple lifestyle changes.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest quality, culturally competent health education services to each community in a collaborative manner which promotes a safe and healthy environment. We focus on providing preventative education tools for people through advocacy of healthy lifestyles that honor mind, body and spirit.

Simple Lifestyle Changes

You don’t have to completely change your life to prevent the onset of diabetes. Diabetes prevention is more than a diet or restricting certain foods. True prevention and managing symptoms is found in simple lifestyle changes such as creating healthier eating habits. Consider the following to learn how you can reduce the chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Healthy Eating

By eating more vegetables and increase fiber intake, eating less sugar and saturated fat you can decrease insulin spikes and low blood sugar.

Get Moving

Regular exercise and movement will help your insulin levels in addition to decreasing complications for cardiovascular disease.

Create Routines

Have specific meal times, meal prep, have a consistent sleep schedule and drink plenty of water to curb cravings, reduce overeating, and fatigue.

1 in 6

Native Americans have diabetes.


people every day undergo diabetes-related amputations.


diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.


Native Americans are 2.2 times more likely to develop diabetes than other nationalities.


In about 2 out of 3 Native Americans with kidney failure, diabetes is the cause.

34.2 M

people in the United States have diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly 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.

What are the signs of diabetes?

Signs of type 2 diabetes can be severe, very mild or none at all, depending on how high blood sugars have become. Look for these signs:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue (feeling very tired most of the time)
  • Increased urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurred vision

A blood test to check your blood sugar will show if you have pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Are there different types of diabetes?

People with pre-diabetes are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You can reduce the risk of getting diabetes and perhaps even return blood sugar levels to normal with a small amount of weight loss through healthy eating and increased physical activity.

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.

What other health problems can be associated with diabetes?

Over time, high blood glucose leads to problems such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • Eye Problems
  • Dental Disease
  • Nerve Damage
  • Foot Problems

You can take steps to lower your chances of developing these diabetes-related health problems.

What factors increase my risk for getting type 2 diabetes?
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Having had the kind of diabetes which can happen during pregnancy
  • Being overweight
How do I get help with my diabetes?
  • Your health care team (doctor, nurse, diabetes educator, dietitian, psychologist, fitness coach, social worker) can help.
    They can help you create a physical activity and healthy eating plan that will work for you. They can also inform you of the medication used to treat diabetes.
  • Get help from others. Talk with your family and friends and ask for support.

Helpful Resources

Start Tracking

Track eating and exercise to create lifestyle changes.

Take the Quiz

Take the CDC Quiz to learn if you may be pre-diabetic.

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