According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, including 7 million who are undiagnosed. There is also an estimated 79 million people with prediabetes.Diabetes, type 1 and type 2 can be a debilitating chronic disease if it's not managed correctly or consistently. While some are born with diabetes (type 1), others acquire it during their lifetime (type 2). And while prevention of diabetes is the best medicine (and achievable) management of diabetes once you have acquired it, is mandatory for continued health.
Without proper management, additional health issues are always a threat. Problems with eye sight, circulation and more must be monitored and prevented through ongoing diabetes management. In addition to seeing your physician on a regular basis, Griffin Hospital encourages you to take part in these free and effective diabetes management programs.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group can help you manage the challenges of living with diabetes through education and peer support. In addition to monthly support from people facing the same challenges as you, guest speakers often present topics of interest and provide expertise. Learn more and see the schedule of upcoming meetings here. Learn more here >
Individuals diagnosed with diabetes can learn how to take control of the health disorder and get control of their lives again through a free six-week diabetes self-management workshop at the Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. The Live Well Diabetes Self-Management Workshop focuses on several topics for those with diabetes, including what to eat, foot care, low and high blood sugar, sick day guidelines, tips for dealing with stress, and how to set small and achievable goals. This self-management workshop typically meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Connecticut State Department on Aging, Connecticut Department of Public Health and Griffin Hospital Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nursing.Pre-registration is required. To learn more about upcoming session or for more information, contact Mary Swansiger, BSN, MPH, CDE, at 203-732-1137.