October 17, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will offer a free seminar on controlling blood sugar levels on Thursday, November 3, at the medical center’s Annex, located at 1223 ½ Trotwood Avenue, across from MRMC. The program will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

“Almost 26 million people in the United States have diabetes. By the year 2050, it is projected that one out of 3 adults could have the disease,” said Donna Shedd, RN and certified diabetes educator at the medical center.

According to Shedd, elevated blood sugar can have a significant impact on one’s overall health, leading to serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage. “People who have been told they have pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes often do not view themselves as being at risk for diabetes, but anyone who has trouble controlling their blood sugar can face some of the same challenges as someone already diagnosed with diabetes,” said Shedd. “This seminar will help you or your family members learn to control blood sugar levels and possibly prevent diabetes.”

The upcoming seminar will cover the effects of elevated blood sugar on the body, how to accurately monitor blood sugar, and medications commonly used for treatment. Those who attend will also learn how diet and exercise can help to control blood sugar. The program will include an informational DVD and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Refreshments will be served and seating is limited so pre-registration is requested. For more information and to register, call 931.540.4324 or e-mail with your name and the number of persons attending.