Education is Key to Managing & Preventing Diabetes

Education is Key to Managing & Preventing Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. You might think that for a diabetes educator like me, such a designation would be foremost in my thoughts as the dreary November days approach. Instead, I’m thinking about a famous poem by Thomas Hood, who is 1844 wrote:

No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon.
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
November!

So there it is. November is the month of No’s. I kind of like that idea, since NO can be positive, too! For instance, NO more new cases of type 2 Diabetes, and NO more complications from diabetes for the millions who manage the disease on a daily basis.

Does that sound unrealistic? You already know what my answer is: another resounding NO! To say YES to those NOs, we only need the right tools. With the proper tools, people can do amazing things. And among all the tools at our disposal to fight diabetes, the most valuable is education. Whether you’re struggling to prevent type 2 diabetes, or to prevent diabetes-related complications, education is the key.

For those at risk for diabetes (find out here if you're among the 1 in 3 adults who are!), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDPP) is just what the doctor ordered (or not, technically speaking, since a physician’s order is not necessary to participate). This evidence-based, lifestyle-change program will teach you what you need to know to prevent type 2 diabetes, but even more importantly, it will give you the year-long support you need to put the lessons into practice. And you can count on us to be there for you every step of the way.

If you already have diabetes, our Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is the educational tool of choice. I propose that every person with diabetes ask his or her physician for an annual referral for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). The value of DSME and MNT is indisputable, whether it’s been one year or 30 since your diabetes diagnosis. If you’re struggling with food choices, carbohydrate counting or insulin dosing, DSME and MNT will help clarify and strengthen your understanding of how your body manages sugar and help empower you as you learn that you are your own best health advocate. DNSE and MNT are covered by insurance and are offered in both one-on-one and group settings.

Ready to learn more? please call the Center for Good Health at (616) 394-3344. We want to help!

Until then, I wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.

Michelle

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