More than 23 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, yet nearly a quarter of those individuals remain undiagnosed. Unchecked, diabetes can lead to devastating complications including blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. But those with diabetes can take control of the disease and live full, happy lives. Here’s how a Diabetes Outpatient Education program can help:
Accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Health, using one-to-one teaching or group classes supplemented with audiovisual and printed materials, nurses and certified diabetic educators provide you with instruction in the following areas:
- Exercise and activity
- Medications, both oral and by injection
- Glucose monitoring for maximal benefit
- Relationships between nutrition, exercise, medication, and blood glucose levels
- Prevention, detection, and treatment of acute and chronic complications
- Foot, skin, and dental care
- Benefits, risks, and management options for improving glucose control
- Pregnancy and gestational diabetes
For more information please contact Peggy O’Neill RD at HealthWayRI, 401-228-6010.
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