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Diabetes patient educates peers on taking control of the disease

by jmaloni


Wed, Oct 30th 2013 07:00 am

Nov. 14 program at Mount St. Mary's Hospital

Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center will feature a free educational program with Mary Ellen Willen Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 249 to share diabetes management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and her personal experience living with diabetes. Willen 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.

Among the topics to be covered include achieving good glucose control; learning about effective self-management; developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle; planning and prioritizing diabetes management; overcoming fears surrounding diabetes; and finding resources for diabetes support

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It is estimated nearly 26 million people in the U.S. 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.

For more information or to register for the Nov. 14 program, call Debra Hoffman, Mount St. Mary's certified diabetes educator, at 716-298-2297.

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