October 23, 2012

Lewis Health Center to host free "Controlling Your Blood Sugar" seminar on November 15.

HOHENWALD, Tenn. – Lewis Health Center (LHC) will host a free seminar titled “Controlling Your Blood Sugar” on Thursday, November 15. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the education room at LHC.

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 Maury Regional Medical Center, 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.”

Those with diabetes or high blood sugar are encouraged to attend this seminar. Seating is limited and registration is requested. To register or learn more, call 796.6227.