December 19, 2012
It will be a double helping of information at the Monday, Jan. 7, St. Joseph-Breese Diabetes Support Group meeting as sick day management, food and nutrition will be discussed.
The session is at 6 p.m. in the hospital Heritage Room, off the main hospital lobby. Please note, this is a different location from the December session at the HealthPlex.
Barb Voss, RN, hospital Certified Diabetes Educator and support group coordinator, will present “Sick Day Management.”
“”Even a small illness can be a challenge for anyone with diabetes because it can throw off blood glucose management,” Voss said. “You need to learn how to prepare so minor illnesses don’t become something much more serious.”
Also during the evening, hospital Inpatient Clinical Dietitian Angie Kruse, RDLD, will field food and nutrition questions. Kruse, a long-term member of the hospital staff, holds a master’s degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
“We’ve just come through the most food-intense time of the year,” Voss said. “Angie will answer your questions and help us get back to a healthier diet.”
Questions may be submitted in advance or presented at the meeting.
All are welcome but registration is encouraged to ensure sufficient hand-outs and seating. Those who register will be notified if the meeting is cancelled—a possibility during the winter.
The St. Joseph-Breese diabetes group generally meets the first Monday of alternating months, except holidays. The next session will be in March with time, date and topic to be announced.
St. Joseph’s in Breese will also offer quarterly A1c screenings in 2013 – at the spring and fall health fairs and two additional locations. The first session, to include blood sugar finger sticks as well as blood pressure, A1c and foot checks, is set from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Damiansville Elementary School.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being over 45 years old, obesity, eating habits and inactivity. Symptoms include fatigue, increased hunger or thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, irritability and vision changes. Anyone with one or more symptoms should contact their health professional.
Some people show no symptoms and must be diagnosed through a physical or blood chemistry work.
For more information, to register for the meeting, be added to the mailing list, receive notices by e-mail (strongly encouraged) or submit a question, contact Voss at 526-5743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.