Free sessions on adult diabetes management

Free sessions on adult diabetes management

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital

Pine Belt residents are invited to attend a free educational program on February 2 from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Endocrinology (Hattiesburg Clinic) – Cloverleaf Medical Plaza, 5909 Highway 49 in Hattiesburg, to learn about taking control of diabetes.

"Individuals who live with diabetes need to know they are not alone, and there are people who can help them along their journey with diabetes," said Forrest General Clinical Pharmacist Brittany Mallini, Pharm.D., BCPS. "This program provides support to those who live with the everyday real life challenges of diabetes."

A primary part of any diabetes education program involves the CDE, or Certified Diabetes Educator. The CDE is a healthcare professional who specializes in the field of diabetes care, with emphasis on individualized education for the person with diabetes. CDEs are certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Linda Gwaltney, MS, RD, LD, CDE will be on hand to provide expert advice for better diabetes management and lifestyle strategies.

Topics covered will include:

What is diabetes? The importance of checking blood sugar levels A1C blood test and how it affects blood sugar Meal planning and exercise Medical tests Types of medication that help manage blood sugar

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes, this FREE education session can provide motivation to take the first steps to better blood glucose control. For more information call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445. No registration is required.