How You can Prevent and Control Diabetes

April 03, 2014

In the last two years alone the deadly disease of Diabetes has afflicted more than three million new people in the United States, affecting an estimated total of 24 million people. Another estimated 57 million are pre-diabetic. Diabetes is a disease associated with high levels of blood sugar resulting from defects in insulin production and utilization. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and the amputation of feet and legs.

Cauleen Svanda, RN, MSN, CDE manages the Diabetes support group in San Pedro and describes how the free groups are an informal way to ask questions, learn and listen from others who are dealing with the same issues. “They’re especially great if you don’t have a lot of family support and need encouragement to maintain the changes needed to care for yourself.” Torrance support group leader Derlyn Hudson, RN, MSN, CDE, adds, “We continually cover the seven basic topics of healthy eating, being active, monitoring glucose levels, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks, and healthy coping. But in addition to that, the shared experiences among the group are equally valuable.”

 Along with the support groups, the hospital has a Diabetes management education program available through physician referral. Patients meet individually with a diabetes nurse educator and a registered dietician, covering topics such as what Diabetes is, how to monitor blood glucose, glucose goals, and the basics around nutrition and Diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes programs at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, please call 1.310.303.5580