The American Diabetes Association defines diabetes as a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Some Diabetes Symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased fatigue
- Blurry vision
The Diabetes Self-Management Class at Pioneer Memorial provides education for those
- newly diagnosed with diabetes
- starting on diabetes medication
- beginning insulin therapy
- dealing with uncontrolled diabetes
- at high risk for complications of diabetes
What is Diabetes?
- Blood Glucose Monitoring
- Acute and Chronic Complications
- Physical Activity/Exercise
- Stress & Coping
- Goal Setting
- Dining Out
- Label Reading
- Sick Day Guidelines
Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services provides Diabetes Management Classes. For more information, contact (605) 326-5161. For more information about Diabetes, you can contact your physician, or visit the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org. For more information contact Shirley Hoxeng at (605) 326-5161.
Charlotte Rommereim, RD, LD
Charlotte is a registered dietician who has been providing nutrition counseling to people with diabetes since 1992.