Diabetes Education Program starts in February 2015 in Sweetwater County

Diabetes Education Program starts in February 2015 in Sweetwater County

A study done in 2012, showed that 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.

Beginning February 2015, a team of health care professionals from Sweetwater County Community Nursing Services and the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County will be working together to offer diabetes education to adults living with diabetes in Sweetwater County. The first meeting of the Advisory Board of the Sweetwater County Diabetes Self-Management Education Program was held on January 14, 2015, at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4000 adults in Sweetwater County had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2011. Many people living with diabetes often provide much of their own care. No matter how hard they try, research has shown that only 12% of people living with diabetes are able to control blood sugar levels on their own.

One-on-one visits with registered nurses and registered dietitians who are specialists in diabetes education help people living with diabetes improve control of blood sugar levels. The help of these experts can decrease the chance of complications of diabetes and help keep people living with diabetes out of the hospital.

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Adults living with diabetes in Sweetwater County who want help in managing diabetes through this program will need a referral from their physician, physican assistant or nurse practitioner for insurance and Medicare or Medicaid coverage. Anyone interested should talk to his or her health care provider about signing up for the Sweetwater County Diabetes Self-Management Education program.

For more information, please call Sweetwater County Community Nursing Services at 307-922-5390.