May 17th- Walk For Diabetes Awareness at the Hampshire County Wellness Center.
July 24th and 25th – the 4th annual Diabetic Kids Camp. Open to any pre-diabetic -Type 1 or Type 2 diabetics ages 8 -18.
For more information about either event contact Pam Francis at 304-813-6588
DIABETIC DICTIONARY: RULE OF 15 - A conservative way to treat hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. If the blood sugar goes low or if symptoms of low blood sugar occur then:
1. Take in 15 grams of a simple carbohydrate serving. 2. Wait 15 minutes. 3. If after 15 minutes the blood sugar remains below 70 or symptoms of low blood sugar remain – then take another 15 grams of carbohydrate. Once the blood sugar comes up then follow with a meal or a snack that contains a protein -a fat and a carbohydrate.
What is low blood sugar? By definition it is a blood sugar of 70 or below.
What is a 15 gram serving of carbohydrate? This could include 1. 8 ounces of milk 2. 1/2 cup of juice or regular soda. 3. 4 glucose tabs or 5. A tube of glucose gel.
Will a candy bar raise my blood sugar just as well? While a candy bar will increase the blood sugar – it is not ideal because candy contains fat which will provide a slow rise in the sugar not the rapid rise that is needed to prevent a crisis.
————————————————————————————————————–November is National Diabetes Month – a time for raising awareness of this disease that affects so many. Some recent statistics on Diabetes : ** Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States has diabetes. ** Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. ** the American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
Certified Diabetes Educators ( CDE’s ) are health care professionals – nurses- dietitian – pharmacists or exercise physiologists who are specialized in diabetes education and care management. Currently there are around 15,000 CDE’s in the United States.
Diabetes Education focuses on 7 Self-care behaviors recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) as essential for improved health status and greater quality of life.
1. Healthy Eating
2. Being Active
4. Taking Medicine
5. Problem Solving
6. Healthy Coping
7. Reducing risks
DID YOU KNOW? There is no longer a “diabetic diet” or a “one size fits all eating pattern” for all adults with diabetes. Though many health care professionals may not be aware of this – the concept of a diabetic diet went out with the 1994 American Diabetes Association Dietary guidelines 20 years ago,