The Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center diabetes education program will be holding group classes on Diabetes Management, beginning April 27, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and continuing on May 4, and May 11. All classes will be held in conference room C, on the first floor of the Medical Center. Depending on your insurance, there may be a charge for the classes and a physician referral is required. For more information, or to register, call Karen Cole at 315-713-5181.
The classes will include information on meal planning, medications, exercise, complications, and how to make lifestyle modifications. Speakers are Karen Cole, diabetes educator, Alison Felt, dietitian, Gerry Hourihan, exercise specialist, Dr. Michael Seidman, and Danny Sekhon, pharmacist.
Self-management education is a key step in achieving lifestyle modifications to reach 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.
The number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease and lower-limb amputations. The occurrence of complications can be reduced, with obtainment of blood pressure control, glucose control, management of blood lipids, and regular follow-up with your physician.
For more information about diabetes self-management education or diabetes services at Claxton-Hepburn, visit us on the web at www.claxtonhepburn.org/diabetes. Your tomorrow is worth defending.