Diabetes self management class offered at Mercy Hospital

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A free educational program on self-managing diabetes is being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 20 in conference room C at Mercy Hospital in Cassville.

Jim Murphy will be delivering the program on self-management and lifestyle strategies based on his training and personal experience living with diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone necessary to transport glucose 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 7 million that remain undiagnosed. About 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of less than 7 percent A1C, recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

Murphy is a member of the A1C Champions program, a patient-led approach to diabetes education. He knows the challenges and obstacles associated with managing the disease.

Murphy will cover several topics, including: achieving good glucose control; effective self-management; developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle; planning and prioritizing diabetes management; overcoming fears surrounding diabetes; and finding resources for diabetes support.

For more information, call Judy Carver at 417-678-7980 or e-mail her at judy.carver@mercy.net.

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