Mercy Hot Springs hosts free Diabetes Fair

November 8, 2012

Mercy Hospital Hot Springs will present a free educational program on diabetes self-management and lifestyles strategies. The event will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Mercy/McAuley rooms on the main hospital campus in Hot Springs.

Jim Murphy, a member of the A1C Champions Program, supported by Sanofi, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education, will speak about the first-hand challenges and obstacles to maintain control of diabetes. Murphy is involved with the Diabetes and Exercise Sports Association (DESA) and is chair of the St. Louis Insulindependence committee.

“I don’t hide my diabetes,” he said, “which I think has helped me feel normal about having it. I think it’s also why I like to spread this good information.”

He will cover topics including:

  • Achieving good glucose control
  • Learning about effective self-management
  • Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
  • Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
  • Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
  • Finding resources for diabetes support. 

The event will take place as part of Mercy Hospital Hot Springs’ Diabetes Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mercy Hot Springs endocrinologist Dr. Jonathan Stringer, speak with licensed dieticians about individual meal planning and visit with area vendors and medical staff. Click here for information.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association. The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period. Diabetes symptoms commonly include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections. 

For more information about this event, please contact Doreen Harris at 501-622-4551.

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