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August News Recap - “Diabetes and Monitoring Blood Glucose Levels”

 
NEWS RELEASE  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes,  787-5117

Beverly Gott, RN and certified diabetes instructor for Laughlin Memorial Hospital, gave a presentation to nearly 40 attendees for Passport 55 at the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center on July 21.  The main topic of discussion was the importance of blood glucose monitoring in the management of diabetes. 


Photo:  Beverly Gott, RN, Diabetes Educator


Gott gave the group several statistics about diabetes, including:
• Almost 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
• 86 million Americans have prediabetes
• 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year

Awareness about factors that can make your blood glucose rise and fall, and how to track it, is very important in the management of diabetes, as Gott explained.  Below are some examples:

What can make blood glucose rise?
 • Too much food, like a meal or a snack with more carbohydrates than usual
 • Not being active
 • Not enough insulin or oral diabetes medications
 • Illness
 • Stress
 • Short and long-term pain
 • Dehydration

What can make blood glucose fall?
 • Not enough food, like a meal or a snack with fewer carbohydrates than usual
 • Alcohol, especially on an empty stomach
 • Too much insulin or oral diabetes medications
 • Side effects from other medications
 • More physical activity or exercise than usual

How you can track your blood glucose:
 • Use a blood glucose meter to measure your blood glucose level at the moment
 • Get an A1C at least twice a year to find out your average blood glucose for the past 3 months

Laughlin Memorial Hospital hosts a program to help individuals with diabetes.  The “Diabetes Education and Training Program” is an educational program focused on self-management of diabetes.  Managing diabetes is very important because of potential side effects from being “out of control.”  Studies have shown that carefully controlled diabetes can help lower risk of eye, kidney, and nerve damage.  The diabetes team at LMH can teach you how to better manage your diabetes while promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Through physician or self-referral, you can attend the program at LMH which is conducted twice each month.  For more information on the Diabetes Education and Training Program, please call 423-787-5195 or email beverlygott@lmhcare.org.

For additional information about Passport 55, contact Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787-5117.