Diabetes is thought to be the next epidemic in the world. Especially country like the USA is the clear victim. About 24 million Americans have diabetes, with 5.7 million likely being undiagnosed. For worse, nearly 57 million Americans now have pre-diabetes, a condition that raises a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The good news is diabetes can be controlled and complications can be prevented or delayed through knowledge of self-care skills. Therefore, it’s important to gain knowledge and coping skills to achieve healthy blood sugar, blood pressure and blood fat levels. Self-management is crucial, because people with diabetes make daily choices that affect their health.Everyone with diabetes should receive ongoing self-management training. Life circumstances, as well as management guidelines, change. Routine diabetes education can provide tools to manage diabetes during those changes.
Studies show diabetes education can lower hemoglobin A1c levels. The A1c test is used to make sure the disease is under control. Glucose sticks to hemoglobin on red blood cells, making glycosylated hemoglobin. The more glucose in the blood, as with uncontrolled diabetes, the higher the A1c level will be. A1c measures how high blood sugar has been on average over the last 8 to 12 weeks. The American Diabetes Association recommends people with diabetes keep this number under 7 percent. MedCentral Health System has a diabetes education program recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The program includes three registered dietitians and three registered nurses. Three members of this team are also certified diabetes educators.
Patients need a physician referral to participate in diabetes education at MedCentral Health System. Once you have that, you may schedule an appointment by calling 419-526-8333.
Source: Mansfield NewsJournal.com
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