For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

Number of events planned to educate community on diabetes

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. For too many Americans, diabetes is thought of as minor hindrance rather than the life-changing disease that it is. Join Centegra Health System and the American Diabetes Association in raising awareness of this ever-growing disease and the people that it affects. November is American Diabetes Month.

Diabetes takes a toll on one’s health:

Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

  • stopdiabetes-bg-260x69-e1351799726933Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.

Between 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Centegra Health System will host a number of events to educate the McHenry County community on this growing disease. Stop by an information booth at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 9. Learn how to weigh less, be healthy and live more today.

Centegra Health System’s personalized nutrition consultants are available for personalized diabetes nutrition consultations. They are registered dietitians and members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They have advanced training in weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, oncology and sports medicine. Fees vary. To arrange a consultation, call (815) 356-2382.

With Centegra’s diabetes self-management training, a registered nurse and registered dietitian provide training on managing blood glucose, making informed nutrition choices, exercise, diabetes prevention and treating diabetes complications. For more information about Centegra’s diabetes self-management training, call (815) 356-2382.

Those who are looking for a boost to start exercising are encouraged to join a diabetes support group on Thursday, Jan. 31 as one patient provides her personal testimonial about getting motivated to exercise. The diabetes support group meets on a quarterly basis to provide support for anyone with diabetes or those who support members of their family who have been diagnosed. To register, call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).

As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information, visit Centegra Health System, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).