Published on November 17, 2017

Diabetes Event Held at Wellness Center

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that's more than 30 million people. Another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

In recognition of this American Diabetes Month in November, Holzer held a Diabetes Awareness Event at the Holzer Therapy and Wellness Center in downtown Gallipolis, Ohio on Saturday, November 11. A variety of educational materials/booths was available, in addition to a Walk With a Doc featuring Endocrinology staff.

Martha Clagg, LPN, shared her story during the event. I've been a diabetic for seven years, and have found that you have to hold yourself accountable to be the best you can be. I have signed up with a personal trainer and do cardio twice a week. In August, I completed the Pelotonia in Columbus, a 50-mile bike ride for cancer research and awareness. My diet has completely changed, I have learned to eat better, cutting out fast food and avoiding bread. I encourage everyone who is given a diagnosis of diabetes to take advantage of the Holzer Diabetes Classes offered as well. There is a wealth of knowledge available that can make a difference.Clagg has been a nurse for 14 years, working at Holzer Sycamore Family Practice office since 2008.

Holzer offers Diabetes Self-Management Classes in Gallipolis, Jackson, and Pomeroy, Ohio, and a Diabetes Support Group, which meets on the first Thursday of the month in Gallipolis. Educating our communities on how to properly manage and prevent diabetes is crucial,stated Beverly Jarrell, RN, Diabetic Educator, Holzer Health System. As a diabetic, I am excited to offer this type of event for our communities, as well as bring more awareness of the classes and assistance Holzer offers for diabetics.

“We are seeing more Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis in adults,” stated Suzanna Duncan, FNP, Holzer Endocrinology. Our job is to help manage diabetes and prevent problems. We want to keep our patients as healthy as we possibly can. The biggest part of this battle is our diet. All individuals, especially diabetics, must be mindful of what we eat and be active. Our providers work to improve our patients daily routine and find patterns of behavior that work but don't feel like work.

The American Diabetes Association offers these five tips for diabetes prevention.

1. Get more physical activity. There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar, and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

2. Get plenty of fiber. Fiber helps reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control, lower your risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss by helping you feel full. Foods high in fiber include fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and nuts.

3. Go for whole grains. Whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels. Try to make at least half your grains whole grains. Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat, including various breads, pasta products and cereals. Look for the word "whole" on the package and among the first few items in the ingredient list.

4. Lose extra weight. If you are overweight, diabetes prevention may hinge on weight loss. Every pound you lose can improve your health, and you may be surprised by how much. Participants in one study who lost a modest amount of weight, around seven percent of initial body weight and exercised regularly reduced the risk of developing diabetes by almost 60 percent.

5. Skip fad diets and just make healthier choices. Low-carb diets, the glycemic index diet or other fad diets may help you lose weight at first. But their effectiveness at preventing diabetes isn't known, nor are their long-term effects. And by excluding or strictly limiting a particular food group, you may be giving up essential nutrients. Instead, make variety and portion control part of your healthy-eating plan.

For more information on Holzer's Diabetic Services or to sign up for the classes or support group, call Beverly Jarrell at 740-446-5971 or email bjarrell@holzer.org.

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