What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease where your body causes you blood sugar to rise higher than normal. The blood sugar becomes high because your body lacks insulin or your body can’t use the insulin it makes. Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose enter the cells for energy.

Diabetes can lead to serious problems such as: blindness, stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Diabetes Facts:

In the United States:

  • 34.2 million people have diabetes. That’s 1 in every 10 people.
  • Medical costs for people with diabetes are 2x as high as for people without diabetes.
  • $327 billion dollars in total medical costs and lost wages for people with diagnosed diabetes.

In Hawaii:

  • Diabetes affects 155,000 keiki and adults in Hawaii. That’s 1 in 9 people!
  • 21 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day in Hawaii.
  • 460,000 people have pre-diabetes and are at risk for type 2 diabetes. 90% of them don’t know they have it.

Group Education - Teach Me Diabetes

There are 2 steps to our program:

Step 1: One-on-one education
Meet with our diabetes educator at a place and time most convenient for you! During this session, you will create your personalized plan to help achieve your goals.

Step 2: Small group classes
Attend a series of 2 to 3 hours classes (9 hours total) that focus on seven diabetes management topics.
The seven diabetes management topics are healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring, taking medications, problem solving, reducing risks, healthy coping.

We are now offering diabetes education with GoToMeeting! Meet with our friendly staff from the convenience and safety of your own home.

One-on-One Education - Let’s Talk Diabetes
One-on-one sessions with a diabetes educator to talk about ways to improve your overall health in a convenient and private setting at any of our Times Pharmacy locations, any location that is most convenient for you, or a virtual session with GoToMeeting. This session is all about you!