Diabetes Support Group at Mercy Hospital

May 8, 2015

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott will host a Diabetes Support Group on Monday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the McAuley Conference Center. The session topic is “Hypoglycemia: What can I do to prevent low glucose levels?”

“Hypoglycemia is abnormally low blood glucose, usually less than 70 mg/dl,” said Alice Helton, RN and Mercy’s Certified Diabetes Educator. “Each person’s reaction to hypoglycemia is different. Common signs of hypoglycemia include: shakiness, hunger, sleepiness, impaired vision, confusion, anxiety, headaches, anger, seizures, and unconsciousness.

Treatments for hypoglycemia includes consuming a quick acting carbohydrate (15 grams) such as a half cup fruit juice; one cup low-fat milk; four ounces regular soda (not diet); one tablespoon sugar, honey or corn syrup; jelly beans; glucose tablets or gel; or soft mints.”

She advises to recheck the glucose level after 15 minutes. If hypoglycemia continues, repeat the 15 grams of carbohydrates. Once glucose returns to normal, eat a small snack.

Helton explains, “Hypoglycemia can occur quickly and all diabetics should carry a simple carbohydrate to treat at onset.

The support group is open to the public. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

Mercy offers the Diabetes Support Group on the third Monday of every other month. Mark your calendar for these future meeting dates: July 20, September 21 and November 16.

For more information contact Alice Helton with Mercy Hospital at 620-223-8412.

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