November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a disease that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. If left untreated complications include neuropathy, kidney disease, glaucoma and other eye issues, stroke and skin complications. According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes. And 86 million have pre-diabetes - or one in three adults.
We’re dressing St. Joseph Medical Center’s tower in blue throughout American Diabetes Month, and to highlight World Diabetes Day on November 14th. Join us to raise awareness by wearing something blue and telling others about diabetes. Learn more about World Diabetes Day Seattle.
If you have diabetes and need support, CHI Franciscan Health is here for you. Our skilled, devoted educators empower young adults, adult and senior patients to take charge and become experts in their own care. Learn how to track medication and glucose levels, maintain a healthy diet and incorporate regular physical activity.
Individualized education for patients and family
Our diabetes education program is open to those with Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes, including those on insulin pumps. Referral from your primary provider is required. Through one-on-one consultations and group programs, you gain the tools to stay active and healthy. Learn all aspects of effective management of blood glucose, from monitoring to nutrition to lifestyle. Family and loved ones are encouraged to participate to better provide ongoing support.
Ask your medical provider to refer you to diabetes education. Then make an appointment at any of our convenient locations by calling 253-426-6753 for initial assessment and customized maintenance plan.
To learn more about Franciscan Diabetes Services, call 253-426-6753.