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Combating diabetes and obesity in Huron County

By Brandi Roeder • Jun 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Did you know that the rates for obesity and diabetes in Huron County are among the highest in Ohio? Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing more serious health issues.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

• Urinating often

• Feeling very thirsty

• Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating

• Extreme fatigue

• Blurry vision

• Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

• Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)

• Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your primary care provider for a diagnoses.

Help is Here!

Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming. That’s why Fisher-Titus offers a diabetes self-management education program, which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. As the certified diabetes educator for the program, I work with registered dietitians from the Nutrition Services Department to provide education for people with diabetes so they learn how to manage their disease. A physician referral is needed to join the program.

In this 11-hour self-management course, participants learn about:

• The diabetes disease process and the difference between Type 1, Type 2 or pre-diabetes.

• Signs, symptoms and treatment of blood sugar changes

• Proper foot care

• Goal setting and problem-solving

• Medication Education on medication for diabetes control including oral, injectables and insulin.

• Insulin administration Instruction

• Community and national resources

• Glucose monitoring and instruction

• Prevention, detection and treating acute and chronic complications

• Exercise: why it helps, recommendations

• Meal planning and portion control demonstrations

• Reading and interpreting nutrition information

• Improving eating habits

• Proper management of diabetes

• Target glucose and A1C goals

• Shopping and cooking

• Alcohol and diabetes

• Sick-day management

• Dining out and heart gealthy food choices

We also provide a refresher course for the diabetes program which would provide sessions geared toward individualized need and could include education on meal planning, portion control, healthy eating choices or specific dietary needs. In additions, this refresher course could help the individual learn how to manage chronic complications, acute complications: prevention and detection.

If you have or believe you are at risk for diabetes and wish to improve your health as it relates to the disease and obesity, explore the full range of Fisher-Titus diabetes and nutrition education. See your doctor for a referral or contact diabetes education at 419-660-2596 for more information. Contact your health insurance provider to learn if your plan covers the diabetes self-management education program. Financial assistance programs are available through Fisher-Titus.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Brandi Roeder, RN, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). She has been a diabetes educator at Fisher-Titus Medical Center since 2005 and a Registered Nurse since 1997.

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