November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness and communicate the importance of stopping the disease and its serious complications. Many misconceptions surround diabetes and its effects, which is one reason why Huguley Memorial Medical Center opened its Diabetes Management Center more than 20 years ago.
The staff of the Diabetes Management Center, certified Diabetes Educators Beverly Millison and Janet Yates, have dedicated their time and work to helping people learn to live well with diabetes. One way they’ve made an impact is by conducting a comprehensive program that educates outpatients on everything from the diabetes disease process and medication, to nutrition management and psychosocial adjustment.
This program has recently been recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and was the first American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized program in Tarrant County.
According to the ADA, one out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue.
“People don’t know what they don’t know,” states Ms. Millison, “and we’re here not only to help fill in the diabetes education gap, but also to give our patients the empowerment to overcome this challenging disease.”
A diabetes diagnosis comes with many other things, including fear, anger and uncertainty. “We don’t want fear and misconceptions to keep people from taking advantage of our program and support classes,” says Ms. Yates.
“You are your best asset,” Ms. Millison adds. “It’s a benefit to take care of yourself and invest in your future.”
The ADA reports that nearly 24 million Americans are living with diabetes and another 57 million are at risk for developing it. The future of diabetes is in your hands.
For more information about Huguley’s Diabetes Management Center, please call (817) 551-2706, or for information on the ADA Stop Diabetes movement, please call 1-800-DIABETES or visit stopdiabetes.com