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Diabetes Support Group Now Available at Lake City Medical Center

May 13, 2011

Lake City, FL – Lake City Medical Center has started a Diabetic Support Group to make a difference in diabetes control through education, awareness, and support to persons with diabetes and their families.  The focus of the group is to provide members with ongoing support, sharing of day-to-day experiences and provide updates in diabetes management.

It is important to know that diabetes can be controlled by monitoring blood glucose levels, using medications properly, maintaining and managing weight, routine exercise and good diet choices. The support group provides an opportunity for those dealing with diabetes to exchange ideas that may make a difference in their daily activities and set goals on how to control their blood sugar levels.

Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (released Jan. 26, 2011) reveals:

Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.

Diagnosed: 18.8 million people

Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people

Prediabetes: 79 million people

New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.

Diabetes is a contributing factor for heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease and other chronic conditions.

Having type 2 diabetes means that the body cannot produce and use insulin the right way to control how much sugar (glucose) is in the blood. Insulin is made by the body, and it helps use the glucose from food for energy.

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not respond well to the insulin it makes. This can cause sugar to build up in your blood, which can lead to problems. High blood sugar levels are bad for your body in many ways.

Participants are encouraged to work with their team of healthcare providers to set realistic goals and outcomes. Controlling diabetes is an ongoing activity. Diabetes patients have to find a level of exercise, food intake and medication that work well for their specific need. This should be done with both medical intervention and personal efforts. Diabetes can seem to be an overwhelming disease because it impacts so many areas of daily life. It's important to have support from family, friends and other people with diabetes.

The community is invited to attend the LCMC Diabetes Support Group, held the second Wednesday of the month, at 10AM (May and June meetings will be held at 2PM) at H2U: Health to You, located at 334 SW Commerce Drive in Lake City. For more information, please call Ann Hague at (386) 719-9029 or Lake City Medical’s Consult-a-Nurse line at (800) 525-3248.

 

As a 67-bed acute care facility, Lake City Medical Center has provided medical care for over 55 years to Lake City and the surrounding communities – the home to our patients, staff and physicians. Lake City Medical Center strives to offer a broad range of medical services including cardiovascular services, cancer care, Women’s Health, general surgical services and outpatient and inpatient imaging, to name a few. The mission of Lake City Medical Center is to effectively meet the needs of the communities we serve through a continuum of quality healthcare in a compassionate environment of mutual trust and respect.

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