Diabetics and their caregivers often may find solace and camaraderie in a support group.
People with prediabetes or diabetes, as well as diabetic caregivers, are encouraged to join AdventHealth Waterman for a diabetes support group at 5pm Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Conry Creation Health Center at 1000 Waterman Way, Tavares.
This free support group is led by a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, according to a news release.
Diabetes education plays an important role in helping diagnosed patients improve their health and avoid potential complications associated with the disease. If left unmanaged, diabetes can cause harmful complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss or stoke. Many of these complications are preventable with early diagnosis and self-management, according to the American Diabetes Association.
One in three U.S. adults have prediabetes, where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes, the release states. With early self-management, the progression from prediabetes to diabetes can be delayed or prevented.
“The presence of diabetes in Lake County has been growing every year since 2002, and currently affects more than 13 percent of the community, which is higher than the state average,” Candace Huber, AdventHealth Waterman director of mission development, says in the release. “Education is the most important tool we can utilize to help our community address this disease. With proper nutrition, medication, exercise and monitoring, patients can maintain optimal wellness and achieve a higher quality of life despite this disease.”
For more information or to register for the diabetes support group, visit conrycreationhealth.com or call 352.253.3685.
AdventHealth Waterman has 287 beds and is one of the six hospitals in Lake, Flagler and Volusia counties that comprises the AdventHealth Central Florida Division – North Region.