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Diabetes Patients Educate Peers on Taking Control of the Disease

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WHO: Three people with diabetes from across the country will share their personal experience with successful diabetes self-management. All three have made lifestyle changes, and have had extensive training on how to manage the disease.   

WHAT: All three are part 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.

WHEN AND WHERE

Kenton County
Title: Managing Diabetes: The Next Step
Speaker: Amy Hayes
6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4
Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, Ky.
Contact Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116 to register
Note: A light meal will be provided. Registration is required.
Topics covered:
•    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

Campbell County
Title: Managing Diabetes: The Next Step
Speaker: Ann Gann
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 12
Campbell County Senior Center, 3504 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, Ky.
Contact Larry Broering at 859.572.4300 to register
Topics covered:
•    Why insulin is not a sign of failure but may help you achieve blood sugar control, as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan.
•    The concerns she had about starting insulin
•    Misperceptions about insulin
Note: Presentation is for seniors 60 and older. Lunch will be served. Registration is required.

Boone County
Title: Managing Diabetes, The Next Step
Speaker: Terry Pearce
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, September 20
Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky.
Contact Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116 to register
Note: A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required.
Topics covered:
•    Why insulin is not a sign of failure but may help you achieve blood sugar control, as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan.
•    The concerns she had about starting insulin
•    Misperceptions about insulin

WHY: If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7 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.

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 7 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.

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