Diabetes, Springfield Illinois

Have you signed up for our September diabetes class?

If you are yet to attend one of our Living Well With Diabetes classes you can expect to learn, from a registered diabetic dietician, about the pancreas, insulin, the types of diabetes – Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.  You will also learn how diabetes affects the body, including your eyes, nerves, kidneys, teeth, feet, heart and blood vessels. The diabetic dietician will go over good foot care to prevent any problems arising from your diabetes. Demonstrations on injection methods will also be given.

If you are diabetic you should see your doctor every three-to-six months, your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) annually, your dentist every six months, and your podiatrist (foot doctor) as needed. It is important to take your medicine every day, as prescribed.

Attendees will also go over how, when, and why you should monitor your blood sugar. In addition, you will learn how to manage low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Demonstrations on checking blood sugar will be given.

Eating healthy is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle for those with diabetes.  The diabetic dietician will explain and demonstrate how to prepare and eat balanced meals using The Diabetes Plate Method. You will learn a few easy ways to live a healthier lifestyle include; planning ahead, shopping with a list, and cleaning and storing food properly, as well as prepping some meals ahead of time. You will also learn how to choose healthy options when eating out. It is possible to prevent weight gain, lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight. Keeping a food record helps too.

It is advised that attendees make the very best of their support system through local support groups, weight management groups, online support groups, working out, and mental health counseling if needed.

Each class attendee is provided a book to take home and a bag of diabetes-related goodies, including a plate with three separated areas, measuring spoons, and a measuring cup.

For diabetic attendees that stay for the entire class, their name goes into drawing for a $50 gift card.

Our next FREE diabetes class is on Tuesday, September 25th 12.45pm to 3pm at Central Counties Health Centers conference room. Call Vickie at 217 788-2381 to reserve a seat.

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