Diabetes Management Classes begin May 21
SARANAC LAKE – Nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, and an estimated 79 million Americans aged 20 years and older are pre-diabetic. For these people, quality of life is directly affected by developing self-management skills as a key step in achieving diabetes control to reduce the risk of complications and enjoy life. Take charge of this manageable condition by enrolling in Adirondack Health’s six-week comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.
Recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), classes are offered each Wednesday for six weeks beginning May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Over six consecutive Wednesday evenings, all aspects of diabetic care will be covered from nutrition, exercise and medication, to prevention of chronic and acute complications. Come learn about following a healthy meal plan, how to monitor blood glucose levels and the importance of maintaining an active physical lifestyle for the best outcomes. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, a dietitian/certified diabetes educator, exercise specialist, registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a pharmacist, each 2-hour session is designed to provide the latest information along with the tools and support needed to manage diabetes.
The Diabetes Self-Management Program will teach you how to take steps to control diabetes and lower the risks of complications. A physician referral is needed for insurance and Medicare or Medicaid coverage of the program. Scholarships are provided by the Adirondack Health Foundation. For more information or to register, call the Diabetes Education Department at (518) 897-2611. This program is accredited by the ADA and sponsored by the Adirondack Health Foundation.
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JOE RICCIO, Communications Director