OGDENSBURG -- Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center (CHMC) recently sponsored a free diabetes education day supported by an educational grant from pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk.
The program included information on meal planning, medications, exercise, complications and how to make lifestyle modifications. Speakers included Karen Cole, diabetes educator, Alison Felt, dietitian, Dr. Michael Seidman and Danny Sekhon, pharmacist.
Participants either had pre-diabetes, newly diagnosed diabetes, or have had diabetes for up to 15 years. They learned about setting up a meal plan for diabetes, how different food groups affect the blood sugar levels, portion sizes and reading labels from Alison Felt.
Seidman reviewed the complications of diabetes and what someone with diabetes can do to prevent them. Danny Sekhon discussed how different medications may be required over the course of the disease and why it is important to know how your medications work so they can be used for optimal effectiveness.
Self management education is a key step in making lifestyle modifications to achieve these healthy outcomes, said Karen Cole, diabetes educator. She worked with the group on setting up goals and how to overcome obstacles to successfully completing goals.
If you have diabetes and were unable to attend the program, CHMC has an American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Education Program. Individual and group sessions are available with a referral from your primary care provider. Also, every third Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. the diabetes support group, Checkers, meets in the CHMC auditorium. The next meeting is August 16, when Dr. Manasvi Jaitly will speak on blood pressure and diabetes.
For more information call Karen Cole at 315-713-5181.