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Finding Hope in Diabetes

October 28, 2014

November 19th Talk at Copley Hospital

Morrisville – Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes is not an easy thing to hear. However, for millions of Americans, learning about their diagnosis is the first step in living healthier life. “What it doesn’t mean is that you can’t continue living a meaningful and fulfilling life,” states Copley Diabetes Educator Nancy Wagner. On November 19th Wagner will discuss some of the positive aspects of diabetes. In fact, there are many people living with diabetes are thankful to have learned of their diagnosis. Copley Hospital is pleased to be hosting this evening discussion open to all who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. The discussion, held in the Steven’s Conference Room (2nd floor) of the Health Center Building at 6:00pm.

There are a number of people, one in four people, with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it. Learning that you have pre-diabetes or

The following findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), include:

  • 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes.
  • 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.
  • Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.
  • 208,000 people younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
  • 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is where the body stops producing any insulin. People with this type of diabetes must take daily insulin injections. This form typically develops in childen or young adults, but can occur at any age. Type 2 results when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and or is unable to use insulin propery. This for of diabetes occurs in people over the age of 40, are overweight, and have a family history of diabetes.

Medd, a member of the A1C Champions® Program, will talk about his personal experience living with diabetes at the November Diabetes Support Group Meeting held at Copley Hospital. Medd will discuss how he achieves good glucose control, developed a balanced, healthy lifestyle, overcame his fears surrounding diabetes and how he plans and prioritizes his diabetes management. By sharing their own challenges and triumphs with diabetes management, Medd helps spread a message of encouragement and responsibility. The support group is scheduled to be held Thursday November 29th at 6:30 pm at Copley Hospital’s Wellness Center. This monthly group is free and is open to people with diabetes and their families.

The A1C Champions® program is an educational and inspirational initiative for patients with diabetes. The program is supported by Sanofi US but no specific products are mentioned during the session. Research has shown that people are more likely to take the necessary steps in their treatment plan after participating in a mentoring program such as A1C Champions.

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 body 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.

In addition to the monthly Diabetes Support Group, Copley’s Wellness Center also offers programs including CPR and first aid, smoking cessation, classes for expectant parents, and personalized services through its Workplace Wellness Program. For more information on the many programs and classes available through Copley Hospital’s Wellness Center, call 888-8369.