The U.S. is facing a diabetes epidemic. More than 30% of hospitalized patients have diabetes and this number is expected to grow. Educating and managing diabetes is challenging, but it is key to reducing this number.
Local residents were able to receive diabetes education from a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator this past week as part of the RCDC Diabetes Wellness Program Mini-Series. The annual mini-series focused on diabetes and active living. Participants heard from Maria Blanca Tyson, RN, CDE about the basics of diabetes.
Maria has been a nurse for more than a decade and recently completed her certification as a diabetes educator.
Participants also had the opportunity to undergo A1C testing at the mini-series. The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to gauge how well you’re managing your diabetes.
“It was so much useful information and the exercises were interesting,” said Lupe Martinez, participant and Riverside resident. “I go to so many conferences, but every time here I learn something new.”
An exercise demo was presented and participants were able to try the exercises themselves. Diabetes and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to managing your diabetes. Exercise can help control blood sugar as well as boost overall fitness and reduce the risk of heart disease.
“My dad is diabetic. I’m a personal trainer and I had to modify exercises for him,” said Marcio Corona, personal trainer and presenter at the mini-series.”It’s been really rewarding informing myself to do this presentation so I can show diabetics how to take control over their lives through exercise.”
The mini-series came to a close with a Q & A with the speakers. Participants were able to vocalize questions and concerns such as how to take care of nail trimmings in numb feet, how to prevent leg cramping, and how to keep track of exercise.
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