On May 8th, Boone County Hospital, Sanofi-Aventis and Roche will be sponsoring “Taking Control,” a free diabetes education program, in the 4th Floor Conference Room at Boone County Hospital. A free meal will be served at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m. Registration is required as there are only 40 seats available. Call (515) 433-8624 to register.
Guest speaker Terry Wiley will share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and his personal experience living with diabetes. Terry is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes. They are REAL people…with REAL A1C control…providing REAL inspiration.
Terry will cover topics including:
• Achieving good glucose control
• Learning about effective self-management
• Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
• Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
• Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
• Finding resources for diabetes support
If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is seven percent or above, the A1C Champions® can provide motivation to take those first steps to better blood glucose control. Diabetes patients need to know they are not alone and there are people like Terry who can help them along their journey with diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated seven million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period.