November 1, 2012

Maury Regional Medical Center offers free blood sugar seminar

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will offer a free seminar on controlling blood sugar levels on Tuesday, November 20, at the medical center’s Annex, located at 1223 ½ Trotwood Avenue, across from MRMC. The program will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 25.8 million adults and children in the United States—more than 8% of the country’s population—have diabetes. Millions more are at risk for the disease. Tennessee has one of the nation’s highest incidence rates for diabetes.

At the upcoming seminar, Donna Shedd, RN, a certified diabetes educator at MRMC, will provide an overview of diabetes and high blood sugar. Topics will include controlling high blood sugar, the role of diet and exercise in controlling diabetes and complications of the disease.

“Diabetes and elevated blood sugar can have a significant impact on a person’s overall health, leading to serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage,” Shedd said. “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.”

For more information about this free program, call 931.540.4324.