According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 30 million adults in the United States have diabetes. As November has been designated American Diabetes Month, at Hardin Memorial Health we want to draw attention to the impact the disease has on our everyday lives.
“Uncontrolled diabetes can effect sufferers by decreasing quality of life, or leading to lengthy hospital stays and life-threatening health problems,” said Vanessa Paddy, APRN and Disease Management Manager at HMH.
The Annual Diabetes Expo, hosted by HMH, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department and Hardin and LaRue Diabetes Coalition, offers information and education for those living with diabetes and their families. The event, held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, will feature several booths with the latest in diabetic healthcare products as well as tips on how to live well with diabetes. Group discussions will be added this year. At 4:30 pm a discussion regarding Healthy Eating with Diabetes will be held, then at 5:30 pm a discussion on Preventing Complications of Diabetes will be held.
“The rate of diabetes among adults in Kentucky has doubled over the last 15 years.” Paddy said. “That number continues to rise so it’s essential that we are proactive in our care.”
In addition, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky now has the 4th highest death rate due to diabetes in the nation and diabetes is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the state.
HMH offers a Diabetes Management Program, which provides self-management education on such topics as:
- Diabetes self-management education
- Pre-diabetes education
- Gestational diabetes education
- Diabetes support groups for adults, youth and insulin pump users
- Ostomy support
For more information on the Diabetes Expo or the diabetes information and treatment offered by HMH, contact the Diabetes Management Program at 270-706-6944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org