BBC Diabetes Educator to Discuss Disease Management

November 08, 2012

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans, 590,000 of them live in Michigan.  Those numbers increase dramatically when you add another six million that are unaware they have it.  

Since diabetes will not go away, it means that people diagnosed with it will go through various stages of adjustment until symptoms stabilize.  The goal is to get through those times so the patient can accept and manage their diabetes.  

On Thursday, November 29, Amy Berns, a certified diabetes educator at Bronson Battle Creek’s Diabetes Center, will talk at Burnham Brook Center about ‘Living with Diabetes.’  Her one-hour talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek.  A light lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed by her presentation at noon.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free 1-877-462-2247.

Diabetes is often called a self-management disease, which means that the patient takes charge of their condition.  But that does not mean they have to manage it alone.  It is true that diabetics should make healthy food choices, stay physically active, monitor blood sugars, and take medications as prescribed by their physicians, but others can help too.  In fact, everyone who is pre-diabetic or diagnosed with diabetes should have a support team.   The person with diabetes is the captain of the group-- the others are there to support the diabetic’s efforts.  Team members may include a primary physician, nurse educator, dietitian, certified diabetes educator, podiatrist, kidney specialist, dermatologist, pharmacist, and others with knowledge and experience with the disease.  Family and friends can also play important roles on the team. 

“Being physically active can help in the management of diabetes because it helps burn more calories and can help a person maintain a health weigh,” says Berns.  “For people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, losing ten pounds – if you weigh 200 pounds – can make a big difference in lowering your risk.”

The Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes Center has a support group meeting every month.  The sessions include presentations on diet and nutrition; coping and stress management, exercise, medications, and other important topics that help diabetics better manage their condition.  If interested in participating in outpatient diabetes classes, please contact the diabetes center at (269) 245-8190.   The staff can help the patient obtain a referral.

Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.  

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer. 


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