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Session focuses on managing your diabetes through common challenges

Posted: September 18, 2012 - 3:33pm

Managing Your Diabetes Through Common Challenges: Travel, Illness, & Stress

On Oct. 9 join others in our community who are living with Diabetes for “Managing Your Diabetes Through Common Challenges: Travel, Illness, & Stress.”

Class are planned from 4-6 p.m. at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Thabes I meeting room in the lower level of hospital.

It is what you do every day that provides blood glucose control leading to the prevention or complications from diabetes, Essentia Health reported.

“Diabetes is a chronic disease, meaning once diagnosed it will be a part of the individual’s life,” said Danette Holznagel, Program Coordinator for the Diabetes Resource Program, in a news release. “Most importantly approximately 98 percent is ‘self management’ or what that individual does to control their blood sugar and prevent complications. Diabetes changes over time and we want to support people with diabetes in their efforts. Refresher classes are a great way to update knowledge or get back on track with self management.” This class does require a referral from your provider. Call 855-5285 with questions and to register for this class. The Diabetes Resource Center will help you with the referral process. Cost for the class will be billed to your insurance. Medicare covers two hours of diabetes education per year. People with Medicare are eligible to attend if they have not attended any diabetes education in 2012. Other insurance coverage varies.

The Essentia Health Diabetes Resource Program offers support for individuals with pre diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy and individuals interested in or currently using insulin pump therapy. If you are in need of a one-on-one session with a certified diabetes nurse educator or nutrition educator, call the Diabetes Resource Program at 828-7444.