Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Free Diabetes Day Program

If you have diabetes, it may feel overwhelming with all of the information that you need to know to help control your blood glucose. The American Association of Diabetes Educators has broken the information down into positive self-care behaviors to help control your diabetes. The seven self-care behaviors are healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks, and healthy coping.

Wayne HealthCare would like to be part of your support network to help you to learn more about some of these behavioral goals during Diabetes Day. This free program will be held on April 9, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the 3rd floor conference room at the hospital. This year two speakers will discuss diabetes topics to help with your diabetes care. Along with speakers, there will be educational information to help you with your daily diabetes care.

During Diabetes Day, Mickey Ferguson CNP, Nurse Practitioner with Family Health, will be presenting a program on “Diabetes and Heart Disease”. According to the Center for Disease Control’s 2014 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, adults with diabetes have a higher rate of hospitalization for a stroke or heart attack compared to someone who does not have diabetes. Mickey will discuss why it is important not to forget about taking care of your heart.

The American Heart Association considers diabetes to be one of the seven major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Studies have found a relationship between diabetes and heart disease. The blood vessels in individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to additional risk factors which include: smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Keeping you ABCs within target range reduce your risk of having diabetes related complications including heart disease. The ABC’s of Diabetes include: A for A1C, B for blood pressure control, and C for cholesterol control.

Karen Droesch RD, LD, CDE the Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare will discuss “Healthy Eating with Diabetes”. As a diabetic do you ask yourself, “What can I eat?” Everywhere you turn, there is news about what is or is not good for you. This program will discuss nutrition topics through an interactive jeopardy game.

Making healthy food choices, understanding portion sizes and learning the best times to eat are central to managing diabetes. Gaining knowledge about eating healthy with diabetes helps to control blood glucose level and helps to prevent complications by controlling the ABC’s of Diabetes.
Eating healthy involves planning meals and portion control. However, barriers (stress, social events) can also impact the food items we consume.

There is no cost to attend the Diabetes Day program. However, registration is required by April 7, 2015. For more information or to register call 937-547-5750.

Do not put off learning how you can live healthy with diabetes. Attend Diabetes Day and be healthier tomorrow.

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