Diabetes education program slated Jan. 27

Greg Pfaff will be delivering a free educational program at Beaverdam Ruritan Club to share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and his personal experience living with diabetes. Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club, 18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam. For more information, please call Corrine Dixon at (804) 513-0704.

Greg is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes. They are real people with real A1C control providing real inspiration.

Topics to be covered will include:

• Achieving good glucose control;

• Learning about effective self-management;

• Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle;

• Planning and prioritizing diabetes management;

• Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes;

• Finding resources for diabetes support.

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7 percent or above, the A1C Champions® can provide motivation to take those first steps to better blood glucose control. Diabetes patients need to know they are not alone and there are people like Greg who can help them along their journey with diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed.

The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:34 am