Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center urging awareness during ‘National Diabetes Month’
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 5:53 am

Members of Claxton-Hepburn’s Diabetes Management Team are, Shannon VanHouse, RN, CWOCN, CDE, Elizabeth Kelley, RN, BSN, and Karen Cole, RN, BSN, CDE, CWOCN. Photo submitted by CHMC.

OGDENSBURG -- Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center encourages everyone to join the movement to stop diabetes for what they call “National Diabetes Month.”

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. As many as 25.8 million American children and adults have diabetes or 8.3% of the population. If the trend continues, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes.

Almost one-third of people with diabetes do not know they have the disease. Those who have a family member with diabetes, are overweight, not active or have high blood pressure, are at risk for diabetes. You can find out if you or someone you love has diabetes by talking with your health care provider.

Support is available too. Every third Thursday of each month, the “Checkers” diabetes support group meets in Conference Room C from 4 to 5 p.m. It is an open and free forum for persons with diabetes and their family members to discuss concerns regarding diabetes. Individual education sessions are also available.

More info: Karen Cole, RN, CDE, 315-713-5181.