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Thursday, November 07, 2013 - Local Resources Help Residents Living With Diabetes

Local Resources Help Residents Living With Diabetes
From education to clinical initiatives, efforts to fight diabetes ongoing

Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Estimates project that possibly one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

The American Diabetes Association has designated November as National Diabetes Month.

In northern Michigan, educating residents about the disease continues to be a priority. Munson Medical Center’s Diabetes Education program helps patients learn how to manage the disease, improve their blood sugar control, and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

“We offer both one-on-one and group education on diabetes and pre-diabetes,” said Elaine Lober, R.N., CDE, a diabetes educator. “We cover topics such as what is diabetes, meal planning, how to check one’s blood sugar level, and appropriate insulin use.”

Most patients who use the program are referred by their primary care physician. For more information on the service, call (231) 935-8200.

The Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative is a 12-county collaboration of several hospitals and agencies working to reduce the incidence of diabetes in the region and help those diagnosed with the disease live healthier lives.

During the past fiscal year, the initiative’s efforts resulted in improved laboratory test results in patients with previously uncontrolled diabetes. Several awards recognized the initiative and it’s commitment to help in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

“Positive outcomes are being achieved as a result of the initiative’s collaborative efforts working toward our annual objectives as a team,” said Diane Butler, R.N., Manager of Community Health at Munson Medical Center. “We will continue our efforts to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve the care of people with diabetes in the coming year.”

The initiative’s website is nmdiabetes.org.