Maury Regional Medical Center
offers a variety of services to those diagnosed with
diabetes, including a self-management
class, monthly diabetes
education group meetings, a gestational
diabetes course and medical nutritional
therapy. Instruction is provided by a team consisting of registered nurses and registered
Self-Management Training Class
Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, this day-long informal course is taught in a relaxed environment with a team of registered nurses and registered dietitians. It is taught twice a month at Maury Regional Medical Center. Topics covered include:
- Defining diabetes
- Meal planning
- Proper exercise
- Stress reduction
- Prevention of long-term complications
- On-going care for diabetes
For more information
about this class, call 931.540.4324.
Diabetes Education Group
The diabetes education group sessions provides the individual with new information as well as review of current therapies involved in diabetes care. In addition to getting answers to questions, the informal group setting allows people with diabetes to meet others with similar concerns. This free program is held on the first Tuesday of each month and no appointment is necessary. Topics and speakers vary. For more information call 931.540.4324.
Gestational Diabetes Class
Approximately 7% of all pregnancies are complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus. Gestational diabetes mellitus is defined as carbohydrate intolerance of varying degrees of severity that is recognized during pregnancy. Keeping glucose under control improves outcomes for the mother and infant. This course provides information about self-management of diabetes during pregnancy with a focus on nutrition therapy. For more information call 931.540.4324.
Medical Nutritional Therapy
Patients with diabetes require
lifestyle changes, especially with nutrition. Medical
nutrition therapy is an important part of successful
diabetes management. This service is one-on-one instruction
with a registered dietitian on nutrition management
of diabetes. For more information call 931.540.4324.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly
use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert carbohydrates
into energy. There are two major types of diabetes, type 1
and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body does
not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and
young adults. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin
injections. Warning signs may include:
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatigue
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body’s
inability to make enough or properly use insulin. Type 2 diabetes
is the most common form of the disease. Warning signs may include:
- Any of the type 1 symptoms
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands or feet
- Recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms described above, consult your family physician.