Saint Francis Medical Center Seminar to Feature Diabetes Self-Management Strategies


Saint Francis Medical Center is hosting a free educational program on managing diabetes, featuring A1C Champions Program member Scott Simmons.

Simmons will be sharing lifestyle strategies for individuals to self-manage their diabetes.

Theclass will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, in Conference Room 6 atSaint Francis Medical Center, 2620West Faidley Ave.

Specific topics that will be addressed at the meeting include:

  • Achievinggood glucose control.
  • Learningabout effective self-management.
  • Developinga balanced, healthy lifestyle.
  • Planningand prioritizing diabetes management.
  • Overcomingfears surrounding diabetes.
  • Findingresources for diabetes support.

Diabetesis a chronic disease characterized by high blood sugar in whichthe body doesn't produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed totransport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy.

An estimated 26 million people in the U.S.have diabetes, including an estimated seven million who remain undiagnosed. Atthe same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes didn't achievethe blood-sugar control target of A1C below seven percent, which is recommendedby the American Diabetes Association.

The A1C test measures average bloodglucose levels over the past two- to three-month period. And A1C Champions can help others with diabetes know they aren't alone and what steps they need to take to better control their blood glucose levels.