Health System Offers Classes for Managing Diabetes
Health System has good news about diabetes: people who keep their
blood glucose as close to normal as possible in the early years after
they are diagnosed have fewer problems with their eyes, nerves, and
kidneys, and fewer heart attacks later in life.
the nation, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen
from 1.5 million in 1958 to 17.9 million in 2007, an increase of
epidemic proportions. To better serve the increasing number of
diabetic patients throughout east-central Kansas, Coffey County
Hospital has added a diabetes education program, including a fulltime
certified diabetes educator. Karen Nielsen, R.N. brings more than
twenty years experience in diabetic patient care.
is important news for our patients and their families,” said CHS
Chief of Staff John Shell.
“Diabetes is a serious disease. Managing the condition is
not easy, but the benefits are well worth the effort. People need to
work to keep their blood glucose as close to normal as is safe for
them, what is called their target range, to reduce their chance of
serious health problems.”
a plan can be the first step to managing diabetes. In consultation
with their physician and healthcare team, patients should determine
a safe and realistic plan to control blood sugar levels. For example,
a plan focused on making better food choices might be to skip second
helpings, drink water rather than soda or fruit juice, choose fruits
or vegetables as a snack, and make an appointment to see a dietitian.
provides inpatient and outpatient education and glucometer training;
works directly with dietary services; and visits all CHS clinic
locations. Education begins on an individual basis, then includes
group classes. To schedule an appointment with Nielsen, patients may
call their nearby CHS clinic in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly,
or Yates Center.
Our next two-day class is on May 19-20 at Coffey County Hospital. A physician referral must be obtained and an initial assessment conducted prior to enrollment in the
group class. To arrange an assessment, contact Karen Nielsen at (620)
364-2121, Ext. 4186.
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