Diabetes is a common topic among healthcare providers and media outlets. During November, which is designated as Diabetes Awareness Month, it is important to highlight 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 prevent 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. “It is really sad to see someone who feels diabetes is not a problem have a heart attack or lose a foot due to uncontrolled diabetes, “says Betty Louderman, RN, BSN, CWCN, Diabetes Educator for Hannibal Regional Hospital. “Proactive is always better than reactive. Learning how to control your diabetes when you are diagnosed is much better than waiting for a complication to happen. At the HRH Diabetes Center we are committed to helping patients self-manage their chronic disease.”
Hannibal Regional Hospital and Hannibal Regional Medical Group are also 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 the organizations received 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 will be used to connect patients in rural healthcare clinics to educational seminars which are held at the main Hospital campus. The Diabetes Center and Cardiology Services work with local fitness experts to develop a relationship in which patients may speak with a trainer concerning specific exercise programs designed for their medical needs.
For more information on diabetes, or the Diabetes Support Group, visit hannibalregionalmedicalgroup.org or call the Diabetes Center at 573-406-5823.