Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and an estimated 79 million people are at risk for developing the disease. Locally, in Lancaster County, 8.1% of the adults are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Diabetics in Lancaster County can take advantage of both group sessions and individual educational sessions.
The Outpatient Diabetes Education Program at Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) offers classes for diabetics on a wide range of topics. Topics range from dietary concerns to foot care to how to properly take insulin. They offer a variety of choices. LGH also offers individual education and consultations. These sessions can provide you with information regarding, but not limited to, insulin management, monitoring glucose, weight management, carbohydrate counting, nutrition and foot care. For more information on the Outpatient Diabetes Education Program you can contact them directly at 717-544-5923. A referral from your personal physician will be required as well to start the program.
Penn State University, through its Cooperative Extensions, also offers classes from time to time on “Dining with Diabetes”. The class is concerned with healthy eating choices and diabetes management. There is a small charge for this class and financial aid funds are available for those who qualify. While there are no scheduled classes in Lancaster County, there are many others scheduled throughout the Commonwealth. Class fees and times vary per Extension Office.
Support groups are also another venue to gather information concerning diabetes and diabetes management. Most hospitals offer this resource, including LGH, Lancaster Regional Hospital and Heart of Lancaster Hospital.
There are specific signs or symptoms of diabetes. They are: frequent urination, excessive hunger and thirst, an unexplained weight loss, sudden vision changes, a tingling or numbness in hands or feet, feeling very tired, dry skin, slow to heal wounds and more infections than usual. Not everyone will present every symptom. If you are considered “at risk” for diabetes and are experiencing any of these symptoms, see you family physician.
Who is at risk?
Those at risk for type 2 diabetes are those with a family history of diabetes, women who experienced gestational diabetes, those who are not physically active and those of specific races or ethnic backgrounds. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have proven to be at a high risk for type 2 diabetes.
This article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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