Beebe Sponsors Diabetes Health Fair on Nov. 8
In recognition of National Diabetes Monday, Beebe Medical Center is sponsoring a free Diabetes Health Fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 8, at the Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Highway, (Route 24), Rehoboth Beach.
The Beebe Longneck Diabetes Management Team organized the event and will include an "A1C Champion" speaker program, as well as exhibits and refreshments. The fair will be in the McCurry Conference Center, located at the back entrance of the Tunnell Cancer Center. For more information call Beebe Medical Center Wound Care Services/Diabetes Management at 947-2500.
Beebe Medical Center Longneck Health Center, located at 32060 Longneck Road, Millsboro, offers many educational programs and outpatient services to help people with diabetes. A class series is offered two times each month for persons newly diagnosed and those who have limited knowledge of managing their disease. An 8 hour diabetes self- management education series is presented as four 2 hour classes or as two 4 hour classes each month. Both provide the ADA standard curriculum for healthy eating, increasing activity, monitoring blood glucose, taking medications, healthy coping, problem solving and preventing complications.
Several education classes now offered include: blood glucose monitoring, general nutrition, carbohydrate counting and gestational diabetes. Programs also are offered in the Spanish language. All classes are taught by certified diabetes educators. For more information, call the Wound Care Services/ Diabetes Management Department at the Beebe Long Neck Health Center at (302) 947-2500.
Beebe Medical Center wound care nurses and certified diabetes educators evaluate and provide wound care and diabetes education for persons who are hospitalized at Beebe Medical Center as well as outpatient care at the Longneck Health Campus when requested by the patients' physician. Beebe Medical Center Staff follow the new American Diabetes Association diabetes inpatient guidelines.
According to the ADA, there are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Diabetes is a disease diagnosed by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org