“Diabetes education has always been near and dear to my heart. Both of my parents died from diabetic complications. So for over 30 years, it’s been a big part of my life,” said Kathy Bozeman, R.N., a diabetic educator, wound care nurse and patient education coordinator at Medical Center Enterprise (MCE).
Strokes, heart attacks, blindness, amputations are just some of the major consequences of diabetes, when left untreated. Medical staff members see severe cases everyday and have said their goal is to inform the public that diabetes is not something to take for granted.
“We have a high percent of the population. Several years ago, when I looked it up in this particular district, over 11% of the population was diagnosed with diabetes and it has continued to grow,” Bozeman said.
She said it’s a costly, complicated and chronic epidemic, right in Coffee County. Reports show by the year 2030, one in three people will be diagnosed with diabetes nationwide.
“The problem is, you’ve got 7 to 8 million people diagnosed with diabetes, but you have many more who are pre-diabetic and aren’t diagnosed, and we can do something about that now,” said Bozeman.
According to Bozeman and many others, that something is through education. MCE has a program in place to educate people about the disease. The hospital recently held a workshop in April, and another six-week class starts in June.
“If you can teach somebody to do one thing differently in a manner that they understand, it can make the difference in their whole life and their quality of life, and that’s what our goal is,” Bozeman said.
Help control your diabetes with FREE classes:
Who?Persons with diabetes or pre-diabetes, family members and caregivers
What?Free diabetes education classes. Find out about:
Diabetes and its risks
Healthy eating and exercise
Talking with your health care team
Where? Medical Center Enterprise Conference Room, 400 North Edwards Street
When? June 24, July 8, 15, 29, & Aug. 5 & 12, 2 p.m. (Wednesdays)
Pre-registration is required. To register for diabetes classes or for more information, call 1-800-760-4550, ext. 3508 or email: maxine.starks@area-G.hcqis.org.