the Diabetes and Nutrition Center at the North East Missouri Health Council will recognize the World Diabetes Day Wednesday with an open space with the aim of educating patients about their healthcare choices and the public about what & It means to manage Type 2 diabetes.
Carrie Snyder, dietitian and diabetes education co-ordinator at the center said the event will be an opportunity to bring the community together.
"It's an opportunity to get the public and healthcare providers together in one place to discuss diabetes issues," said Snyder.
The event will include a number of live displays of technologies such as insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring meters and blood sugar traceability applications that help patients control diabetes, as well as educational material about diabetes and associated conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol I'll be hosted in a conference room & center at 1506 Crown Drive from 5-7 p.m.
Snyder said World Diabetes Day is important because it helps to raise awareness of the condition; up to half of patients with Type 2 diabetes have not been diagnosed. Type 2 diabetes do not respond well to insulin and usually develop disease later in life; Type 1 diabetes do not produce their own insulin and are usually diagnosed during childhood, although both types can develop.
Snyder said diabetes is much easier to control if it is diagnosed early before it can make permanent damage.
Symptoms to look for them as indicators of Type 2 diabetes include an increase in hunger and thirst, often urination and sudden weight loss.
"It can take years before patients start to have Type 2 symptoms, so we'll get some paper screens there in which people can assess their risks of diabetes," said Snyder.
The open house will also provide resources that are aimed at managing the stress that diabetes can put on patients and their families, including the daily stress of monitoring blood sugar levels and in follow a healthy health system sometimes and the inter-personal stress of discussing the condition with others. Other topics covered include the prevention of diabetes and nutrition therapy, including programs available to Medicare patients.
Non-insurance or non-insurance patients can seek treatment from providers, including NEMHC, which provide services on sliding scale based on income level.
Snyder said she was aiming to address mismatches that patients could have about diabetes treatment. He said that many patients had a misconception about insulin and mistakenly believed it was dangerous.
"It's just one of the treatments," said Snyder. "There's not a place to take insulin."
Snyder is also about helping diabetes patients and the public understand that Type 2 diabetes is not caused by a large amount of diabetes. That is a risk factor, such as excessive calorie intake and physical inactivity, but age and family history also contributes. Snyder said that people can develop Type 2 diabetes even if they live healthy, and patients should not face social stigma.
"People think of Type 2 as a lifestyle disease, and it is not," said Snyder. "There are many factors that contribute to it."