Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Diabetes Statistics

Data from the National Diabetes Facts Sheets noted that in 2011, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. This is 8.3% of the population. Of this group, 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, 7 million people have not been diagnosed.

Uncontrolled blood glucose can cause damage to the eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, legs, and feet. Individuals with diabetes can reduce the occurrence of diabetes complications by learning to control their levels of blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids. You can also reduce complications by completing routine labs and tests to help find problems early.

The National Diabetes Facts Sheets noted that every one percentage drop in your A1C level reduces your risk of eye, kidney, or nerve complications (microvascular complications) by 40%.

One way to lower your A1C level is through education. Wayne HealthCare provides Diabetic Group Classes that combine visual learning with interaction between participants. The classes will provide you with knowledge and motivation to manage your diabetes.

The classes help individuals understand the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the blood sugar results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.

The class series consists of four classes. The next series of classes will be offered on April 9, 15, 22, and 29, 3013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Wayne HealthCare. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required so please contact the Certified Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750.

To meet individual’s schedules, future classes will be offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening throughout the year. Morning classes will be offered on Wednesday’s from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in June, October, and December. Afternoon classes will be offered on Monday’s from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in July, August and November. Evening classes will be offered on Monday’s from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in May and September. Please call 937-547-5750, for specific dates. One-to-One education is also available to help you on your road to diabetes management.

Remember that you are not alone on your diabetes journey. The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education department 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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