November - Diabetes Awareness Month
Got diabetes? Get educated!  Diabetic Education is offered throughout the DMC. I took the classes myself at Harper University Hospital and Sinai Grace Hospital. I cannot say enough about the wealth of information that I received in taking the classes. As a nurse, I did know something about diabetes, but I never realized how little I knew until I completed Diabetic Education. If you have diabetes, take the time to educate yourself.  Diabetic Education is a covered benefit for DMC Care members; all that is required is a prescription from your doctor.  For more information contact Kathryn Sobota, RN, BSN, Disease Management, DMC Care at (313) 745-7822. 

  Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.  Uncontrolled, it can lead to kidney failure, heart disease, eye problems and nerve damage. Diabetes also tends to run in families. A person with a family history of diabetes is 2-4 times as likely to develop diabetes as a person without a family history of the disease. African American, Hispanic, and Native American families have a higher risk of diabetes. Talking to your relatives to find out if anyone has had diabetes in your family is recommended.

If you have a family history of diabetes, there are steps you can take to prevent or delay the disease. 1. Tell your health care provider about your family history.  Be sure to get whatever screening tests for diabetes are recommended. 2. Maintain a healthy weight.  If you are overweight or obese, losing just 5-7% of your body weight decreases your risk of diabetes by more than 50%!   3. Get more physical activity.  Try to get 30 minutes of activity, such as walking, on most days.  4.  Have regular doctor visits.  5. Choose a healthy diet - with at least 2 1/2 cups of brightly colored vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day.  6.  Avoid smoking.  Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting. 
For more information, visit  (1-800-342-2383)  or  (1-800-232-4636) Information is from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health and the American Diabetes Association

National Diabetes Education Week is November 2-8
Whether you have Type 1, Type 2 or diabetes during pregnancy, the Detroit Medical Center can offer you a specialized program to help you feel well and be well. To register for classes, call the Outpatient Diabetes Education Program center that is most convenient for you.  Or visit the Diabetes Support and Clinical Education Programs website on

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