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Managing Diabetes: March 16, 2011

When it comes to managing diabetes, the more you know, the better it can be. "The longer you have diabetes, the more at risk you are for developing diabetes complications, particularly if your blood sugars are not in good control," explains Lee Memorial Health System certified diabetes educator, Sharon Krispinsky. "That's why we really instruct patients on what is good blood sugar control and how to achieve that."

Complications and blood sugar levels are just some of the things that are taught at Lee Memorial Health System's weekly diabetes classes. "We provide them everything from A to Z on how to manage this condition."

n a class type setting, patients not only learn, but share their stories and coping mechanisms with the group. "What's really unique about our program also is that we follow up with our patients on a 3-month interval for the first year so that they can sit down one-on-one with a certified diabetes educator and receive that individual attention they require."

The classes aren't just open to the patients. "We do encourage spouses and family members to attend the classes with patients with diabetes," says Krispinsky. "What's important to note is the meal plan and the exercise and much of what we're teaching is not just for people with diabetes. It's a healthy lifestyle we ALL should be following whether we have the condition or not."

To learn more about these weekly diabetes classes, you can call 239-573-5727.