October 19, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Diabetes Education Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host a meeting titled “Laboratory Tests” on Tuesday, November 1, in the medical center’s Private Dining Room One at 11:30 a.m. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free event.

Julie Wood, a Columbia nurse practitioner who holds a doctorate degree in nursing and specializes in diabetes, will discuss the various types of laboratory tests that can be used for diabetes management. “Lab testing is a valuable tool in the care of diabetes,” said Wood. “Blood tests and other lab procedures allow health professionals to screen patients for diabetes as well as to monitor the ongoing health of those with the disease.”

Blood tests such as random blood glucose, fasting blood glucose and oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) may be used to determine if a patient has diabetes. For those who are confirmed to have diabetes, blood testing may be performed to examine lipid levels, while some urine testing can detect signs of diabetes complications.

During the upcoming program, Wood will explain the use of these and other tests for those affected by diabetes.

For more information on the Diabetes Education Group at MRMC, call Donna Shedd at 931.540.4324.