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Stopping diabetes is the goal of the ADA

Team at Trinity’s Diabetes Center stands ready to help local residents

November 20, 2011
Messenger News

Members from the community of Fort Dodge can attest - diabetes education works. You have the service at your fingertips, it is in your backyard, but it does not work unless you use it. Trinity Regional Medical Center's diabetes educators are here for you.

Let's listen to what your neighbors, co-workers and friends have to say.

Terry Parker attended diabetes education class and follows up regularly in the diabetes center. He stated, "the diabetes educators here at Trinity are on top of it, they are always putting it into layman's terms (terms we can understand)." Parker further states, "knowing what a carb choice is and knowing that when I sit down at the table I can calculate the carbs in my head so I don't eat too many carbs" has really helped him achieve his goals.

Richard Craft, another patient with diabetes, stated, "I was dead set against taking those shots, but when the educators told me I could work a piece of pie and coffee into my meal plan I started the shots. ... and I haven't regretted it yet." Craft is proud to report that starting the insulin shots improved his blood sugar control dramatically, taking his A1C (glycosylated hemoglobin) from 10.4 to 6.8.

Now you've heard, firsthand, how diabetes education works here in Fort Dodge. Diabetes is no small problem. Twenty six million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. To top that, recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we Stop Diabetes.

"Stop Diabetes" is the American Diabetes Association's theme. How, exactly, do we Stop Diabetes? How do we stop two out of three people with diabetes dying from heart disease or stroke? How do we stop diabetes being the leading cause of kidney failure? How do we stop diabetes being the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults? How do we stop spending $174 billion each year to improve the health of people with diabetes?

Easy, right, Stop Diabetes. It may sound funny hearing a diabetes educator, one who spends her career educating people with diabetes, to say Stop Diabetes. I too see how one in three Americans means my family and friends living with the diagnosis of diabetes. It means my family and friends living with the increased risk of getting heart, eye and kidney disease. It means my family and friends spending more on health care.

I too have a passion to Stop Diabetes. However, I need you, your friends, your family and your co-workers to help. Studies show diabetes can be prevented 58 percent of the time if lifestyle changes and exercise are implemented. Lifestyle changes can be overwhelming. Here is my opportunity to give you the key to Stop Diabetes. It is no magic pill. It is not a hypnotist. It is diabetes education. I'm going to tell you all, something I have sworn my patients not to repeat. We can teach you things like, how to cheat smart. Yes, a registered dietitian teaching you how to cheat (smart). We can teach you how to make small changes that make a big difference. We can teach you how to Stop Diabetes. Join our pre-diabetes class today by calling 574-6350. The cost is $20 - to Stop Diabetes.

For those of you who have diabetes or have a family or friend with diabetes, our expertise is teaching people with diabetes how to live a long healthy life. Insurance covers diabetes education for those who are diagnosed with diabetes. Call today to schedule an individual or class appointment. Take advantage of one of our continuous glucose monitors that checks your blood sugar once every five minutes, 24 hours a day with only one stick. Or come to find out about the latest technology and medicines to treat diabetes.

Call 574-6350 for all your diabetes needs and to Stop Diabetes.

Sarah Marsh is Trinity Diabetes Center coordinator and certified diabetes educator.



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