Friday, November 10, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Diabetes lives in Franklin County. In fact, about 14 percent of residents live with the chronic disease each day, taking measures to control symptoms and prevent the disease from advancing in severity.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As part of the effort to educate members of the community and offer resources to help those with diabetes better cope with the disease, Summit Health will offer free grocery store tours led by certified diabetes educators.

“We understand that living each day with a chronic condition like diabetes can be very difficult,” said Director of Community Services Ann Spottswood. “Summit Health wants to work with our community to help in more than just medical treatment, but also, lifestyle management.”

The free tours will be at 6 p.m.:

  • Monday, Nov. 13
    Giant Food Store
    933 Wayne Ave.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14
    Shop & Save
    500 North Antrim Way

Tours will offer practical tips to help people living with diabetes better control their blood glucose, including how to understand nutrition labels, calculate carbohydrate servings and shop for better meal and snack options.

“These are important skills that can empower those with diabetes to better manage their illness, or help those who are at risk for diabetes to prevent its onset,” explained Spottswood.

Dr. Jose Galindo of Summit Endocrinology, which offers diabetes management services, noted that eating a healthy diet is an important part of effectively managing diabetes.

“Managing your blood sugar levels can be challenging,” he said. “Eating small portions, counting carbohydrate servings and eating a well-balanced diet can all help you keep your numbers under control. It has also been shown that brisk walking for 150 minutes per week is very helpful.”

Space for grocery store tours is limited, and registration is required. To register, call (717) 262-4472 or visit

Type 2 in children

Results from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicated two-thirds of children in the United States are overweight or obese, with more than 15 percent considered obese.

As a result of increased obesity in young people, the incidence of Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in younger ages also has increased.

Dr. Kanika Shanker, who specializes in endocrine and diabetes care in children and teens at Summit Endocrinology, said it is her goal to ensure young patients have their needs met locally, instead of traveling outside of the region.

“I want to ensure local children are getting the appropriate, quality care they need and deserve,” she said. “To be able to meet those needs, support their families and watch them thrive is a true blessing.”

Symptoms of diabetes

If you haven’t had a recent blood glucose screening, you could be diabetic and not know it. Common symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent hunger – even though you may be eating often
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet

Talk to your provider if you think you are at risk.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

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