On Thursday, August 24, 2017, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center will sponsor a free diabetes education day. The program will include information on meal planning, medications, exercise, complications, and how to make lifestyle modifications. Speakers are Dr. Michael Seidman, Diabetes Educators Karen Cole and Shannon VanHouse, Alison Felt, dietitian, and Danny Sekhon, pharmacist. Registration and a free breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m., and at noon a free lunch will be served. The program will be held in the Claxton-Hepburn’s Hess Auditorium and end at 3:00 p.m.
The number of persons diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease and lower-limb amputations, but the occurrence of complications can be reduced with obtainment of blood pressure control, glucose control, management of blood lipids, and regular follow-up.
Self-management education is a key step in making lifestyle modifications to achieve these healthy outcomes. It focuses on self-care behavior, such as healthy eating, developing an activity regime, blood sugar monitoring, and preventive practices such as yearly eye exams, and foot care. It is a collaborative process in which the person works with the diabetes educator to set goals and develop the problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully reach their goals.
If you or a family member has diabetes and would like to learn how to manage the disease more effectively, plan on attending this free program. This Diabetes Education Day has been supported by HCR Homecare. For more information or to register call Cole, at 315-713-5181 or VanHouse at 315-713-5116. Your tomorrow is worth defending.