Learn to Control Your Diabetes with Mercy St. Francis this Fall

August 15, 2015

Free class offers advice for managing the disease

Nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. As that number continues to climb, so does the importance of knowing how to manage the chronic disease.

That’s why Mercy St. Francis Hospital is once again hosting “Learn to Control Your Diabetes” group classes this fall. They’ll be held on Monday, Sept. 14, and Monday, Nov. 9. The hour-and-a-half sessions will offer steps to manage diabetes, prevent complications and enjoy a healthier life.

Attendees will learn about the types of diabetes, common myths surrounding the disease, as well as treatment options. 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 you’re not careful, diabetes can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and even amputation,” said registered dietitian Deanna Thompson. “We hope this course will inspire those with diabetes to make better choices.”

The free sessions each run from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Sister’s Dining 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.