Friday, August 20, 2010

Diabetic Group Classes

September is the time of the year when kids are heading back to school to improve their knowledge in many different areas. As adults, we should use this time to determine if there are areas in our life where knowledge and skills could be used to improve our health and wellbeing.

The more knowledge you have about diabetes the better you are able to control our blood sugar. If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been a diabetic for several years, additional education is important. Your life is not the same now as it was five years ago. That is why education is important to learn how to manage your blood sugar throughout your life.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education Program is offering a four week interactive class to help you live an active and healthy life with diabetes. The interactive format provides a fun way to learn while understanding how others with diabetes are dealing with different aspects of diabetes care.

The classes will discuss facts associated with diabetes and strategies to control blood sugar. We will discuss the progression of diabetes over time. We will talk about healthy eating to control blood sugar and overall health. We will review the importance of monitoring our blood sugar and how to use the results that you are obtaining to help improve blood sugar. We will discuss causes of low and high blood sugar. We will discuss how to properly treat low blood sugar and ways to lower blood sugar when it is elevated.

The classes also focus on the importance of exercise in blood sugar management. We will discuss how to incorporate physical activity into our daily lives and strategies to help us stay active. The different diabetic medications can be very confusing, so we will discuss how different medications work on the body to help manage our blood sugar. We will also talk about ways to reduce the risk of complications.

The next series of classes will be offered on September 13, 20, and 27, 2010 and October 4, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wayne HealthCare. If you are unable to attend these classes, the October classes will be held Wednesday mornings, and the November classes will be held on Monday afternoons.

The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required so please contact the Certified Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education Program would like to be part of your support system. We are an accredited program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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