Getting a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes is frightening.
People with diabetes face a whole array of life-threatening health problems, from increased risk of heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputation.
But take heart in these facts: You are not alone and, with guidance and education, you can do much to improve your health and prevent or delay complications.
The federal Centers for Disease Control estimates 18.8 million children and adults in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. Another 7 million have diabetes, but are unaware of it because they haven’t been diagnosed. Yet another 79 million people have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are somewhat elevated and they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also are at increased risk of developing heart disease.
If your doctor has told you that you have diabetes, or mentioned pre-diabetes, now is the time to take action. There is so much you can do for yourself at this point, so ask your doctor to refer you to a diabetes education program. It is important to learn all you can and develop a plan to make the changes to keep yourself healthy.
Hurley Medical Center offers separate Diabetes Education Programs for adults, children and expectant moms to help each manage their disease and become healthier.
Participants learn what to eat and how much, how to properly check blood sugar levels and why they need to do it. Hurley physicians and educators interpret and explain patients’ numbers and share information on resources, treatments and medications.
Participants also meet andd of themselves. They end up healthier than they ever have been, despite their diabetes. Make your health a priority. You can’t care for your family if you don’t care for yourself.
For more information on Hurley Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Programs, Contact:
Adult Diabetes Education Program: (810) 262-2310
Diabetes During Pregnancy Education Program: (810) 262-9126
Pediatric Diabetes Education Program: (810) 262-6162
By: Michele Bernreuter MS RD CDE