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November is American diabetes month

November 25, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) is joining the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to help stop diabetes every day by continuing to offer their ADA Diabetes Education Program for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes. GCMH shares the vision of a life free of diabetes and its burdens. During the month of November, GCMH wants to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Seventy-nine million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in the year 2050, unless we take steps to stop diabetes. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.

The cost of diabetes is astounding. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. The average medical cost among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.

GCMH offers a comprehensive ADA approved Diabetes Education Program. Individuals who have had diabetes for years and others who are newly diagnosed sometimes are confused at the best lifestyle and dietary treatments plans to help them. Some people change their diet and give up their favorite foods and maybe eat too much of some foods and not enough of other foods.

If you or someone you care about is having difficulty in managing this disease, GCMH can work with your physician to develop a treatment plan that works for you through the Diabetes Education Program. The program teaches individuals about their diagnosis, the goal of treatments, strategies for increasing physical activity, carbohydrate counting, meal plans, eating out, sick day management and more.

Medicare and most insurance companies pay for this comprehensive self-management program. If you attended this program in the past, you may be eligible to receive a refresher to learn updated information or to get you on track and feeling better in managing your diabetes.

The first step is to talk to your physician and ask if you could benefit from learning more to better manage your diabetes. The second step is to contact the program coordinator Wendy Brewer RD, LD at GCMH for questions you may have or for more information. Call (319) 824-4127 to talk to Wendy, or call the GCMH Schedulers at (319) 824-5081 or toll-free (888) 824-5081 to schedule an appointment. For more information on GCMH services, please visit our website at



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