Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital to offer evening informational workshop on treating type 2 diabetes
Former St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes Education patient Dan Davis will discuss his successful journey in treating type 2 diabetes
WARWICK – (June 1) Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells.
One of the keys to keeping blood glucose levels at your goal is to balance physical activity and exercise along with the food you eat and any pills or insulin you take.
On Monday evening, June 17, at the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check,” Dan Davis, a former patient at the St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes Education, will discuss how he brought his own glucose level down from 900 to 105, just above the normal range of 70-100.
Davis, a retired school superintendent, was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes in May 2012. After reading a local newspaper article about the June 2012 meeting of “Diabetes in Check,” he began attending monthly meetings. The support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, is sponsored by the St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes Education.
One year later, Davis will share the numerous methods he employed to reach his goal such as regular exercise, not eating anything past 9 p.m., the name of a free software he uses to keep track of his calories and how he achieves his daily goals.
“I believe this balance of nutrients and exercise are the keys to my success,” said Davis.
“Diabetes in Check,” will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. Everyone is invited to attend this important educational program geared toward all adults with diabetes and their families.
“Dan Davis is a former patient at the Center for Diabetes Education,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “He has taken charge of his health and greatly improved his blood glucose. He will talk about his journey since having been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in hopes of helping others who are having trouble reaching their health goals.”
The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease. They will show their patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes and how to control the disease through diet and exercise.
All adults with diabetes and their caregivers are urged to attend the June 17 “Diabetes in Check” meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.
For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com.
About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.
Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.
The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.
Photo: Dan Davis