Diabetes Self-Management Classes begin Jan. 14
SARANAC LAKE – If you’re a diabetic, start 2015 on a positive note by learning how to take charge of this manageable condition. Do you know which foods are best and those you should avoid? How much and what type of activity is good for you? What about your medications? Get the answers you need by participating in Adirondack Health’s six-week comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.
Beginning Jan. 14, classes are offered every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Learning to manage your diabetes is a key step in reducing the risks of complications associated with the disease, and will help you enjoy life.
This course is for anyone who has never attended, has been recently been diagnosed, or needs a refresher. It is taught by an interdisciplinary team of four 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.
During the six evening classes, all aspects of diabetic care will be covered from nutrition, exercise and medication, to prevention of chronic and acute complications. Adirondack Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Program follows national standards, is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and includes:
• Understanding how to prevent, detect and treat high and low blood glucose
• Understanding the diabetes disease process and the risks and benefits of treatment options
• Incorporating healthy eating behaviors into your lifestyle
• Identifying the benefits of an active physical lifestyle
• Knowing how to use medications safely and for their best effect
• Performing self-monitoring of blood glucose when prescribed and learning how to interpret and use the results for self-management decision making
A physician referral is needed for insurance coverage. Scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation. For more information or to register, call the Diabetes Education Department at (518) 897-2611.
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