What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar, which can be diagnosed
with a simple blood test. Diabetes can be controlled through a balance
of diet, exercise, blood glucose monitoring and medication. Diabetes affects
more than 29.1 million Americans. However, millions of people are unaware
that they have high sugar or don't recognize the symptoms. Early detection
and treatment are vital. Once diagnosed, people with diabetes can learn
to effectively manage their disease and lead normal, healthy lives. Ongoing
diabetes self-management care and education are important in preventing
acute problems and help reduce the risk of long-term complications.
The Jupiter Medical Center Diabetes Education and Outpatient Nutrition
Services can teach those with diabetes more about the disease, how to
control it, and better yet, how to live with it. The Diabetes Education
Center is proud to be a recognized program by the American Diabetes Association.
A Registered Dietician and a Registered Nurse, both Certified Diabetes
Educators, teach self-care management techniques to achieve blood glucose
control that may help to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes-related
complications. The diabetes self-management education classes provide
those with diabetes, their spouses or caregivers information on nutrition,
medications, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, and foot, skin and dental care.
For more information about diabetes or leading a healthier lifestyle call
our health navigator at 561-263-4437.