Friday, November 18, 2016

WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Diabetes lives in Franklin County. In fact, approximately 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 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 a free grocery store tour led by a certified diabetes educator.

“We understand that living everyday 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 tour will be held:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 29
    6 to 8 p.m.
    Martin’s Food Store, 708 E. Main St., Waynesboro

The tour will offer practical tips to help those in attendance better control their blood glucose, such as how to understand nutrition labels, calculate carbohydrate servings and shop for better meal and snack options.

“If you are living with diabetes, you know that eating a healthy diet is an important part of managing your disease,” said Dr. Jose Galindo of Summit Endocrinology, which offers diabetes management services. “Managing your blood sugar levels can be challenging. 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 is limited and registration is required. To register, call (717) 262-4472 or click here.

CHNA results

Approximately 14 percent of assessment respondents in Summit Health’s 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment reported they were diabetic, which was an increase of almost five percent from the 2012 CHNA. Additionally, the deaths of 31 people per 100,000 Franklin County residents are attributed to diabetes.

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

“If left undiagnosed and, therefore, unmanaged, diabetes can cause severe complications and lead to other health issues,” explained Dr. Galindo. “If we catch it early, an endocrinologist can help you with treating and managing the disease.”

Common symptoms of diabetes 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.

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