November 4, 2016
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that currently has no cure, and up to 70 percent of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed through modifying habits and adopting a healthier lifestyle. To help spread the word regarding treatment and the search for a cure, World Diabetes Day is held each November, which is also American Diabetes Month. To participate in the awareness surrounding this national health observation day, Fort HealthCare is hosting a free indoor diabetes health event on Monday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fort Memorial Hospital, 611 Sherman Avenue East in Fort Atkinson.
Information and activities will be presented on the hospital’s main floor. Guests that use the main entrance on Armenia Street (where the revolving doors are located) should take the elevators or stairs in the lobby to the Mezzanine level balcony. A registration/welcome table will be set up inside by the Sherman Avenue entrance (north facing) near the hospital’s Administration offices. Guests that arrive through the Ambulatory Services entrance (McMillen Street) should follow the hallway in either direction to find the registration table near the Administration offices.
Activities include free health screenings (blood pressure and glucose), information about foot checks and foot care, interactive displays, and helpful take-home information. People who feel they may be at risk for developing diabetes, family members of those with diabetes, and those seeking to better understand their health are all encouraged to attend.
The International Diabetes Federation reports the following facts about the prevalence of diabetes and its impact on our society:
Type 2 diabetes is not the only type – but it is the type that can often be prevented or significantly delayed with modifying habits and adopting a healthier lifestyle, which is why it is given so much attention by health organizations. Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in childhood, and it is a disease where the body is unable to create its own insulin for blood sugar stabilization. Gestational diabetes is a condition that many pregnant mothers experience.
Fort HealthCare lead diabetes educator, Rea Fritz, BS, RN, CDE notes, “If you already have diabetes, controlling it is crucial. Since most individuals with diabetes are responsible for their own care it is important to know how to self-manage the disease. The best approach to care is multidisciplinary. The care team usually includes a primary physician, diabetic educator, dietician, ophthalmologist, podiatrist and possibly an endocrinologist.” Fort HealthCare offers an American Association of Diabetes Educators recognized diabetic education program to guide patients in developing a self-management care.
Fritz continues, “It is also worth noting that often an annual follow-up with a dietician and diabetes educator is a Medicare benefit most people don’t know about, and diabetes education for a first time diagnosis is typically covered by most private insurances. All it takes to take steps toward controlling the disease is a referral from a primary care provider to our education program. Our structured curriculum and can provide support.”
The warning signs of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, increased hunger, weight loss, tiredness, vomiting and stomach pain, blurred vision, frequent infections, slow-healing wounds, lack of concentration and a tingling sensation in the hands or feet.
Not all these signs are present in everyone and having some of the signs does not constitute a diagnosis of diabetes. If you are concerned about having diabetes or are experiencing any of the warning signs, contact your healthcare provider.
To learn more about diabetes and the programs available at Fort HealthCare, visit FortHealthCare.com/Diabetes.
Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our communities, with a vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, it is our goal to reach as many members of the community as possible with health and wellness messages, providing tools and resources to help individuals improve their health and quality of life, while collaborating with several partners to positively improve the population’s health overall on a long term basis. For more information, visit FortHealthCare.com.