Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from properly using blood sugar called glucose. More than 24 million people in the United States have diabetes, and another 5.7 million people don't even know they have it. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health complications or even death. Research has shown that proper care -- eating the right foods, getting enough exercise and using the proper medication -- is the key to avoiding complications. The Diabetes Education Center helps patients with diabetes learn how to take care of themselves.
Group diabetes self–management education is a collaborative process through which people with, or at-risk for diabetes, gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Diabetes is a unique diseases because treatment options depend on your ability to enhance your self-management skills – giving you the power to control the disease. Attend all classes or choose individual classes.
Yuma Regional Medical Center has partnered with Nutrition for Living’s Certified Diabetes Educators to develop a four-week training program that follows practices developed by the American Diabetes Association. These informative, one-hour classes are open to anyone who wants to learn about the basic skills needed to control diabetes. The class is taught by a Diabetes Educator who gives an overview of diabetes, the medications used to control diabetes, meal planning and healthy behaviors that can help patients avoid complications.
Classes are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Yuma Regional Corporate Center at 399 West 32nd Street. To register, please call (928) 782-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.