Debunk Myths and Control Diabetes with Mercy St. Francis

January 3, 2014

More free classes offered for managing the disease

Think you know everything about diabetes? Think again. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than a handful of everyday misconceptions that need debunking.

So grab a pen and paper and head over to Mercy St. Francis Hospital to catch one of three upcoming “Learn to Control Your Diabetes” group classes being offered in the first half of 2014. They’ll be held Jan. 13, March 10 and May 12.

The hour-and-a-half sessions will address common myths, as well as focus on the types of diabetes and their treatments. Other topics include:

  • Feelings about living with and caring for diabetes
  • How to target fasting and after-meal blood glucose levels
  • Symptoms and causes of high and low blood sugar
  • Monitoring blood glucose levels and using this information in decision-making
  • Effects of food, exercise and medicine on blood glucose levels
  • Personal barriers and support for healthy eating and physical activity
  • How to use a personal support network

“If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation,” said registered dietitian Deanna Thompson. “These classes continue to offer great advice for avoiding long-term problems.”

The free classes each run from 12-1:30 p.m. in the executive board room at Mercy St. Francis Hospital at 100 W. US Highway 60. Sign up at the Mercy St. Francis business office or call 417-934-7000.