More than 23.5 million Americans are estimated to have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s 7.8% of the population. Diabetes can’t be cured but people can live a health life and manage the disease with better nutrition, regular exercise and medication.
Anyone can get diabetes, although a hereditary component puts Native Americans, Filipinos and Hawaiians at greater risk.
PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Diabetes Education Services provides one-on-one counseling as well as group classes to assist diabetic patients in self-managing their diabetes. The service includes a team approach, including services by a registered dietitian and other health care professionals. The program is based on American Diabetes Association recommendations and guidelines. Our coordinator is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator.
Come learn more about how to manage your diabetes and live a healthy life in a series of classes offered by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
Check our calendar regularly for as classes are held several times each year. Class topics include:
- Diabetes Basics and Nutrition
- Carbohydrate Counting; Self Blood Sugar Testing; Low Blood Sugar; Physical Activity
- High Blood Sugar/Sick Day Guidelines; Prevention; Complications; Healthy Eating
- Meal Planning; Stress; Medications; Sexual Health; Sleep; Depression; Resources
The 8-hour series of classes cost $330.00 and includes two private one-on-one sessions. Medicare and other insurance billed if eligible. Attendees may bring one support person free. Call 228-7685 to pre-register or find out more information.
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Diabetes Education Services
3100 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: (907) 228-8300, ext. 7085
Dawn Teplick, CDE, RN
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.