Diabetes is a common topic among healthcare providers and media outlets. During November, which is designated as Diabetes Awareness Month, it is important to realize that
- every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes,
- diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and
- recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
Even with these startling statistics, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem.
Hannibal Regional Hospital and Hannibal Regional Medical Group are committed to preventing diabetes and helping those who are dealing with this disease get the education and treatment they need through a $299,967 ACCESS grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH).
The ACCESS project ensures that chronic care patients, including diabetic and cardiac patients, have the necessary tools to successfully self-manage their illnesses. A multi-disciplinary team works with patients to determine specific goals and expectations. In addition, telemedicine is used to connect patients in our rural healthcare clinics to the educational seminars which are held at the main Hospital campus.
For more information on diabetes, call the Diabetes Center at 573-406-5823.