Diabetic Education

At Salem Township Hospital, we understand that education is an important part of maintaining your health, and learning about an illness.

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S., or 8.3 percent of the population. While more than 18 million of those with diabetes know they have the disease, there are more than 7 million who are unaware they have diabetes. In addition, there are 79 million people with pre-diabetes, which means that they are at HIGH risk for developing diabetes!

When a person has diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or cannot use insulin correctly. Diabetes is diagnosed when fasting blood glucose is over 125mg/dl, random blood glucose is over 199mg/dl or Hemoglobin A1c is over 6.4 percent. Once diagnosed with diabetes, the risk for developing diabetes related complications, such as heart, kidney, eye and nerve disease, increases significantly if blood glucose remains elevated.

We are here to help you live well with diabetes!

 

Diabetes Education Classes

(618) 548-3194 Ext. 8183

Currently offering classes in-person with our Registered Dietician, we provide you with options for your schedule. The goal of each class is to provide the skills and knowledge for effective diabetes management. Learn the benefits of meal planning and increased activity, the risks for heart disease and guidelines for alcohol use.  Learn healthy eating habits, and how to read food labels. Call to schedule an appointment.

 

Diabetes Support Group

Meetings are scheduled the third Thursday of February – October at 6pm in the Linda Mobley Community Room at the Hospital. Meetings are free and open to the public. No registration is required. A new topic is discussed each month.